The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students
I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging and simple short films which will work in the ELT classroom. In this article I’d like to share what for me are the seven best short films for the language classroom.
The Mirror is a short film by Ramon and Pedro which tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to old age. It works very well for getting students speaking, writing and using vocabulary related to age, face, body, mood and actions. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
The notebook is a moving short film by Greg Gray and is wonderful for introducing the theme of empathy. It can be used to get students to learn and practise vocabulary related to household chores. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
The Present is a gripping short film with a wonderful twist by Jacob Frey which deals with the themes of empathy, teenagers and disablity. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
I Forgot My Phone
I Forgot My Phone is a thought-provoking short film by Miles Crawford which is a great prompt for discussion and refexion on addiction to mobile phones. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
iDiots is a short film by special effects company BLR_VFX and deals with the themes of technology, mass consumption and instant gratification. It’s a great prompt to get students thinking and speaking about mobile phones and technology. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
Fear of Flying
Fear of Flying is a beautiful short film by Conor Finnegan which is an effective way to introduce and discuss the theme of fears and how to overcome them. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here.
I hope you like the short films and find the lesson plans useful. Are there any short films you’ve used in the classroom that you’d like to share?
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