The lesson is based on an extremely funny and touching true story about a group of kids who want to form a football team but have nowhere to play as they live on a tiny island, yet go on to form one of the most successful teams in Thailand!
This lesson is designed to be taught over two classes.I hope you and you students enjoy the lesson, please leave any comments on how the lesson can be improved or just let me know how it went with your students!
Stage 1 - Warm Up
- Write 'motivation' on the board and try to get the students to give a definition of what it means to them.
- Activity 1. Ask the students to work in partners to rank the motivational techniques from 'most useful' -> 'least useful'.
- Ask a couple of the students to explain to the class what they ranked as first and why.
- Make sure the students understand what an idiom is.
- Activity 2. Ask the students to work with their partner to match the idioms with the meanings (this is to help them with with the main task).
- Class feedback to check their answers are correct, explain any they got wrong.
- Activity 3. Tell the students we are going to watch a film that looks at the set backs some very famous people have suffered on their road to success.
- Working with their partner the first thing they need to do is fill in the idioms from the previous activity. Giving the students a context for the idioms should help them with remembering the meanings in the future.
- Once they have completed this they should try and match the setbacks with the person, and then what they went on to achieve.
- Students can watch the video below to check which of their answers are correct, it also provides a chance for them to hear the idioms in use.
- If you have a small class you could now discuss with the students why they think the video was made, whether they think videos like this are effective and whether it could help motivate them with anything in their lives.
- Activity 4. (you need to cut out the materials below before the lesson) Tell the students they are going to watch another video about a football team in Thailand. You might want to give them more or less details, it's up to you.
- Give the students the cut out sentences from the transcript of the film. Ask the students to work with their partner to put the sentences in order and make the story.
- Before starting the film let the students know they will have to answer some comprehension questions at the end, so they need to watch carefully. Let the students watch the film and check the order of their answers as they do so. At the end of the film do some class feedback to check they all had the correct order.
- Activity 5. Comprehension Questions. Have the students work in pairs to to answer the comprehension questions. The comprehension questions are designed to have the students think about how, with the right motivation, we can overcome problems and get a positive result. If the students found the video went a bit too quickly, especially with it being subtitled, I've included a transcript of the video at the bottom. You could give it to the students to help them with the comprehension questions.
- Activity 6. Explain to the students that, working with their partner, one of them is going to be a journalist from a local newspaper and will interview the other, who is a member of the football team. The journalist is going to interview the player.
- When I do interview tasks I give the the students an opportunity to plan the questions together to increase confidence, but when they do the interview they must ask one follow up questions from each answer the student gives, this encourages more free speaking.
Stage 4 - Wrap Up
- Activity 7. Discussion Questions.
- Give the students the list of questions and have them pick 5 they would like to ask their partner. I find that by letting the students choose the questions they are interested in it increases participation and focus.
- If you have a small class this would be an ideal opportunity to pick out the questions regarding studying English, and talk about how the students motivate themselves and to share motivational practices etc.
- Caption competition. Finally, to have a bit of fun you could give the students a copy of the image below, taken from the video, and have them try to make the funniest caption. At the beginning of the next class the students could show their captions and give a prize to the funniest!
Please leave any comments below.