Lost was an HBO smash hit about a plane which crashes onto a deserted island thousands of miles from anywhere and the world believes the plane lost. In reality, many of the passengers are still very much alive. Lost continued for many years.

This is a supplementary activity for intermediate or advanced students who want to learn a few verbs in present continuous form which they may not have come across before. Advanced level students are always eager to come across new words and this is an exciting way to teach them something different.

To run this high-level present continuous TV lesson, you'll need the first episode of Lost Season 1 of Lost S01E01 - you can download this here. 

Before class, you should print out the jigsaw puzzle containing the words on page 3. You need to arrange your students into groups of three; you should make one copy per group. Cut up the puzzle pieces using scissors or a craft knife and paper clip the pieces together. Each group of three will now have a neat bundle of puzzle pieces. Remember to shuffle up each group’s pieces before you paperclip them together! (Tip: white card is better than white paper.)
In class:
Play the first episode of Lost (season one), where the plane crashes onto a desert island and everyone is in a state of panic and shock. Groups need to watch the movie and put the puzzle pieces into a pile in the order that they see the action. When the movie clip has finished, the students should put the pieces together from left to right, then right to left, then left to right, then right to left (as shown on page 4). If they have got the order right, then the puzzle should fit neatly together.
You should play the episode from the very start until 15:16mins. You might want to play the clip twice if your students need to see it again. 
Have fun! 
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In the autumn of 1888, Victorian London was gripped by a terror which it had never known before or since. Street prostitutes were being picked up by an unknown man and ripped to pieces before being left in the streets. To this day, the mystery of Jack the Ripper still intrigues and mystifies millions around the world. 

In this very dark ESL lesson strictly for adults, students will learn more about Jack the Ripper, what it was like to live in London in Victorian times and have their English lesson venture into the macbre. A real twist on the normal English lesson!

To buy the Jack the Ripper DVD to go with this ESL movie plan click here

You have a choice of ways to go with this compelling Jack the Ripper lesson. There is a Jack the Ripper reading comprehension exercise for your adult students as well as some macabre creative writing activites, one where students write a gory letter to police and the newspapers, and another where students write a newspaper article about recent Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel, London. A third activity is where your ESL students design their own Police Wanted Poster bearing the face and crimes of the bloody killer.

Finally, there is a gruesome Jack the Ripper ESL roleplay, where adult students can play Jack the Ripper himself, eyewitnesses, publicans, prostitutes, police, journalists and other Victorian London vagabonds! Great for Halloween!

I hope you enjoy this very cool and very sinister ESL lesson about Jack the Ripper!

Written by Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons
Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:12

ESL TV Lesson: Fawlty Towers (Hotel English)

Hotel English is a specialist subject area of English language learning - English for Special Purposes (ESP). Hotel English is generally taught to hotel staff in non-English speaking countries so that they can deal with English-speaking / International guests. You may teach Hotel English to concierge, silver service, room keeping or porter service staff in hotels. Hotel English is often taught either in the hotel itself or within a private language centre.

The 1970's BBC TV show Fawlty Towers centres around a mad-cap B&B owner, Basil Fawlty, who runs a small hotel in Torquay, England, and who hates most of his guests and is rude to them. Fawlty Towers has been voted one of the best British comedy series of all-time. You can use parts of Fawlty Towers to teach a really high-quality Hotel English lesson - the lesson here has four very relevant activities for Hotel English students. Additionally, you can also use this lesson in just a standard ESL adults or teens oral conversation lesson.

Do you need the Fawlty Towers DVD set to run the movie part of this lesson? Please click here

Some of the Activities in this Hotel English Lesson Plan

- Writing a Hotel English complaint letter and professional reply
- Booking a hotel room roleplay practice dialogue
- Students watch clips of Fawlty Towers and make notes of good service / bad service and present it to the class
- Hotel Management team activity

The Hotel Management Activity 

Your group are the new management team of the Bridge Hotel. The hotel has had many problems in the past and is losing money each year. The investors have turned to you to solve some of the problems and hopefully get the hotel to make a profit.
Here are some of the problems. Decide which ones are the most important. You don’t have a lot of money, so discuss with your group which problems you can fix this year. You have enough money to solve five problems this year. Present your plan to the class later when you have decided which five and why.
It is hard to get to the hotel. Buses from the airport are only once a day.
Guests are bored. There is nothing to do after dinner.
There are no attractions for children. Children want to go home.
Rooms are too expensive.
Rooms are dirty. Staff don't do a good job cleaning hotel rooms.
The hotel is on a flight path. You can hear planes all day.
The swimming pool is too cold.
Staff aren’t interested in the guests. Service is bad.
There is a beautiful beach nearby, but there have been sharks spotted, so all beach activities are off.
The restaurant doesn’t do very good food because the old chef returned to France.
The lift is broken. Guests must take the stairs.

Written by Stuart Allen

Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons

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