In this activity, learners listen very carefully to the audio track of a short film. From there, they collaborate in an attempt to work out what happens in the story. Before reading the activity, it is suggested that you try this for yourself. Click on this link which will take you to the video on YouTube and listen carefully – with your eyes closed!
- Language level: Intermediate (B1) +
- Learner type: Teens; Adults
- Time: 35 minutes
- Activity: Listening to an audio track and constructing a narrative
- Topic: Luck; Honesty
- Language: Narrative language; Sounds like …
- Materials: The audio track of a short film
Lesson plan outline
Note that this activity may work beter if you convert the video on YouTube to MP3 (audio) file. To do this, make use of a site such as SnipMP3, Xenra, or listentoyoutube.
- Tell students that they are going to hear a story. More specifically, they are going to hear the audio track from a short film. Tell them to listen very carefully and make a note of as many things as possible that they hear, or think they hear. To avoid the Virgin Media jingles, play the clip from 0:15 and stop it at 1:50.
- Put students into pairs or small groups and ask them to compare their notes.
- Play the audio a second time and let students consolidate or reconsider their ideas.
- Conduct feedback: Elicit as many different sounds as possible in the order that they are heard in the audio track. Spend time asking questions about the relevance of each sound in the context of the story. The PDF lesson plan (above) includes notes of possible questions to ask during this stage.
- Let students hear the audio track a third time. This will allow them to consolidate or reconsider ideas even further.
- In pairs or small groups (the same ones as before) ask students to construct a narrative to accompany the audio track. In other words, they should attempt to guess or work out exactly what happens in the short film – what is the story?
- Let pairs or groups of students merge. Allow them to share their ideas. Encourage each group to come to a consensus story. They should do this by collaborating and selecting the good ideas and rejecting the weaker ones.
- Allow a spokesperson from each group to present their group’s story.
- Show the video and let students compare their stories with the actual short film.
Note that in order to do this, students need a vital piece of information: The ker-ching sound in the clip doesn’t happen in response to a physical action. It represents something that happens in one of the character’s heads.
Note: You may, or may not, decide to give students a second clue prior to this step: The title of the short film is Blind Luck.