ESL Vocabuy Chunks Practice - Next Life (Short Film)

Kisdobos April 22, 2022
HELPING LEARNERS USE CHUNKS COMMUNICATIVELY

 

In this video we talk about how we can help our students use chunks communicatively - we share 4 ideas that have worked well for us in the classroom. We’re using an interactive video quiz in one of our ideas, which you can find here.

Enjoy!

Anna Csíky

iSLCollective teacher trainer

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
In this interactive ESL video lesson students will practice vocabulary chunks through prediction tasks, visual and basic listening comprehension tasks. Besides, pupils will also get a chance to use the newly learnt chunks to create their own sentences and express their ideas.

I think it is most suited from intermediate level and higher.
Scene summary:
A grandma comes up with a plan. She wants her grandson included in her plan. The theme is the afterlife but it's not heavy viewing at all. On the contrary, it is an uplifting story.

I cut out the first minute of the movie and the rolling credits to make sure you don't run out of class time. Now the net viewing time is around 10 minutes. If you want the full film, click on its Youtube link below.
Video length: 9 minutes 48 seconds
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2022-04-22, 08:42:03 (GMT+1)
About the author
I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Which is more likely to be true?

  • He feels like a weirdo.
  • He feels weirded out.

2) What exactly weirds him out?

Answer the question using your own words

3) They are left alone now. Guess what subject she is going to bring up (=start talking about).

Answer the question using your own words

4) Why did she bring up the fact that she is dying? Guess and we will find out soon.

Answer the question using your own words

5) He's writing it down. What's that for?

Put the words in order: of don't handshake them forget of the two the the so steps

6) Why did they need to work out such a complicated handshake?

  • So it's absolutely special.
  • So it's more fun to do it.
  • So it's hard to remember.

7) What's the point of videorecording it?

Put the words in order: later can the they that's whole - rehearse So the point. handshake

8) Why do you think he is smiling? Hint: "work out" will be a useful word.

Answer the question using your own words

9) What do they mean when they say this? "Do you think we got it? - I think we got it".

  • It's time to take a little pause from rehearsing.
  • They think they have memorized the handshake

10)

Correct the wrong word: When she is in a close-on she is blowing a kiss to the camera.

11) What do you think will happen next?

Answer the question using your own words

Lesson plan

Pre-tasks

1. Tell the class that they are going to watch a 10-minute film about a grandma and a grandson. You will stop the video a few times and the class will make guesses about what will happen next, and think about the characters' feelings and motivations. There will be a lot of 'chunks' in this lesson, which will be the focus of this lesson. But what are chunks?

2. Chunks are words that go together very frequently. There are words in the language (in every language) that often go together, while they never go together with other words that have similar meanings. For example, we say 'heavy rain' to describe a torrential rain when a lot of water comes down, but native speakers never say 'big rain' or 'large rain', although the meaning would be absolutely clear. Yet, no. 'Big rain' or 'large rain' are not word combinations you will hear from native speakers. So if you want to sound like a native speaker, you will need to learn chunks. Best of all, chunks not only help you with sounding more natural but they also help you speak faster and more fluently: it's easier for your brain to recall (=think of) five chunks in a sentence than twenty individual words. For example, "I have lot on my plate these days but call me up next week and we'll grab a bite. 'I have a lot on my plate' means I am super busy, I have a lot of responsibilities or a lot of troubles. 'These days' means recently. 'Call me up' means phone me. 'Next week' is another chunk. 'Grab a bite' means eat out in a restaurant. Now students will be more likely to appreciate what you are about to teach them in this class, and hopefully their minds will be more tuned to noticing the chunks they will be coming across.

3. I don't think there is a need to pre-teach any of the words in the lesson as all of them either become clear from the context or are explained on-the-fly, often as part of the questions/instructions.

4. Now you are ready to start the video. Tell students that the title is 'Next life'. (Note: Because there are some prediction questions, I don't recommend showing the movie in full before doing the quiz since that would ruin these questions.)

Follow-up tasks

1. I think this is such a touching touching, spritual story that everyone can relate to who has or had grandparents they love. So hopefully students will be open to sharing their thoughts and feelings about the short film. And if you're lucky you can use this as a springboard to discussing deeper topics like what happens after death.

Discussion questions

1. How would you describe the relationship of grandma and grandson?

2. How do you think working out this secret handshake made them feel while the grandma was still alive?

3. What do you think will happen next at the end of the film? Explain your opinion.

4. Do you believe in reincarnation (=being born again and again)? Why yes or why no?

5. Asking those who believe in reincarnation: Can you imagine that we meet our loved ones in our next lives?

6. Do you think we can be reincarnated as animals, e.g. dog, horse, ant?

7. Do you think a woman can be reincarnated as a man and vice versa?

Vocabulary list

  • weirdo (n.): a person who behaves strangely
  • to be/feel weirded out: = to be uneasy, awkward. You can also say: something is weirding him out
  • to savor every bite: taste and enjoy food to the maximum
  • to bring up sg: to start talking about a subject
  • to work out sg.: to come up with, to invent, to create
  • What's that for?: What is the purpose?
  • so they ...: the point is that they ...
  • impending death: near death, 'impending' means 'about to happen soon', 'coming', upcoming' (other frequent combos: impending doom, impending disaster). A synonym for 'impending' is 'imminent'.
  • will (n.): a legal document about someone's final wishes about their possessions
  • the two of them: they (useful when it's not entirely clear who you are referring to)
  • unique: absolutely special, with nothing that is similar
  • That's the whole point.: That is the whole purpose.
  • to rehearse: to practise a play, piece of music, etc.
  • We got it.: We're finished/ready
  • close-up (n.): If you zoom in on something with your camera, you're doing a close-up.

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

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