A Charlie Chaplin lesson plan: This is one of the first Videotelling activities that I remember creating. I originally posted it on TEFLclips, the website that preceded this one. This was back in 2008 and the activity was titled Credit Crunch Lunch. I hope you enjoy it …
- Language level: B1+
- Learner type: Teens; Adults
- Time: 30 minutes
- Activity: A Videotelling activity
- Topic: Food & hunger
- Language: Present narrative
- Materials: Video & text
About this activity
Note: For this activity, you will need a clip from the 1925 comedy film The Gold Rush which was written and directed by (and stars) Charlie Chaplin. You can access it here.
- Write the following phrases on the board and ask students to copy them into their notebooks:
- a pot of boiling water
- a side plate
- a spoon
- a knife and fork
- some spoonfuls of stock
- to remove the lace
- to swap plates
- to remove the sole
- to take a bite
- a table hooter (Note: this is a nonsense term – students will not be familiar with it)
- Stock: The liquid that you get when you boil meat or bones. It is often used for making soup.
- Lace: 1. Delicate fabric or material with holes and patterns (e.g. lace underwear, lace curtains). 2. The part of a shoe that you tie (e.g. ‘your lace is undone’).
- Sole: 1. A flat fish that lives in the sea; 2. The bottom part of a shoe or boot – the part that connects with the ground.
- Table hooter: This is a nonsense word. Students will not be familiar with it. Act surprised and say: What? You don’t know what a table hooter is? Really? I am very surprised. OK – don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you now – you’ll find out later.
Big Jim is sitting at a table in the middle of the room. He is waiting for his lunch. Charles is standing beside a pot of boiling water. He puts a spoon into the pot and takes out the table hooter. He tests it with the fork.
“Not quite done yet,” he says. “Let’s give it two more minutes.”
But Big Jim is impatient and hands Charles a plate. Charles puts the table hooter onto the plate along with some spoonfuls of stock.
Charles puts the plate on the table and sits down with Big Jim. He removes the lace from the table hooter and puts it on a side plate. Charles then removes the sole and gives it to Big Jim. But Big Jim isn’t happy about this arrangement and swaps plates with Charles.
Charles puts down his knife and fork and decides to use his hands. He picks up his lunch and takes a bite. He nods to Big Jim to say that it is good. Big Jim isn’t sure but takes a bite anyway. He doesn’t seem to share Charles’s enthusiasm for this meal.
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* Who are Charles and Big Jim and what is their relationship?
* Why are they eating a leather boot?
* What happened before this scene and what happens after it?