Intermediate (B1) level
predicting a story and talking about ways of showing people they are loved , teaching Vocabulary related to Christmas
watching a short film, and speaking
Procedure (40-55 minutes)
Write “The man on the moon” on the board and elicit or explain that it refers legends in many cultures in which an old man lives on the moon. Ask students the following questions: What does he look like? How do you think this old man feels? What does he do all day?
Tell students they are going to watch a short film titled The Man on the Moon in which they see this old man and a young girl. As they watch the first part of the film they should compare their answers in the previous step with what they see in the film. Show the film until 00:55.
Pair the students and get them to compare their answers. Elicit or explain the answers: What does he look like? He’s tall and thin, he’s got white hair and wrinkled skin. How do you think this old man feels? He seems to feel sad and lonely. What does he do all day? He looks at the planet earth all day. Ask students what they think the little girl is going to do. Show the next part of the film until 01:34
Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss what they think the little girl’s present to the old man is. Hold a plenary session to vote on the best present for the old man. Discuss the advantages of each gift.
Tell students they are going to watch the rest of the film and see the present and how the old man uses it. Show the film until 01:54.
Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions: Do you think a telescope is a good present for the old man? How does the film make you feel? Does the film have a message?
Now show the film until 01:56 when the caption “Show someone they’re loved this Christmas” appears. Put them into pairs and ask them to come up with as many different ways they could show a member of their family, a friend or a stranger they’re loved this Christmas, but it cannot involve buying a present.