This short film was directed by Ehsan Amani (Iran). It is titled Sili which seems to be translated as The Slap.
- Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) +
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults
- Time: 30 minutes
- Activity: Listening; Writing; Speaking
- Topic: Transport
- Language: Verbs of thought (wonder, wish, hope, etc)
- Materials: Video; Worksheet
Lesson plan outline
- Tell students that you have a joke for them. Tell them the following:
- Find out if anyone knows the joke. If so, ask them to keep quiet at this stage. For those that don’t know the joke, ask them to guess what happens at this point.
- Play the video clip from the beginning and pause it at 1:45 (after the train has come out of the tunnel).
- Ask students (who don’t know the joke) if they can guess what happened: Who kissed who?
- Give out copies of the Thought Bubbles worksheet (included in the PDF download). Ask students to decide what each passenger is thinking and write their thoughts in the appropriate bubbles. This can also be done in pairs or small groups. Note that if there are students who already know the joke this does not matter as they will have to recall the various thoughts and put them into words.
- When all worksheets have been completed, let students compare and share their ideas. During this step and the previous one, the teacher can circulate and help with language.
- Ask students to tell you what they wrote in the woman’s thought bubble.
- Play the clip until 2:10 and find out what the woman is thinking.
- Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the girl, the colonel and the soldier. In each case, ask students to share what they wrote in the thought bubbles before playing appropriate sections of the clip (see table below).
- Make sure that everyone understands the joke.
There are four people in a train carriage: An attractive girl, an older woman, a young soldier and a colonel. [Make sure that students understand that a colonel is a high-ranking officer, far superior to a lowly soldier] The attractive girl is reading a book. The older woman is knitting. The colonel is reading a newspaper. The soldier is looking out the window, lost in thought. The train goes into a tunnel and the carriage becomes completely dark.
During steps 7 – 9, students will realize that neither the woman nor the girl were kissed. In most cases, this will present a logical problem. The situation becomes yet more complex when we find out what the colonel is thinking. You may want to change the activity so that students are ‘detectives’. After hearing each thought, they must reassess their theories about what happened in the tunnel.