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Language level: Intermediate (B1)

Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film,
speaking and writing
Topic: Growing up and aging
Language: Stage of life, vocabulary
related to bodies.
Materials: Short film

This EFL lesson is designed around a beautifully
animated short film written, directed and
illustrated by artist Celia Bullwinkel titled
Sidewalk that portrays a womans journey through
the passage of time. In the lesson talk about the
various stages of life and how we change
physically and emotionally, watch a short film and
describe how a woman changes through the course of
her life.

Step 1
Put your students into small groups and ask them
to discuss the following questions:
What changes do we experience as we go from a
child to a teenager, a young adult, a middleaged person and an old person?
What physical changes are there?
What emotional changes are there?
Step 2
Get feedback from the whole class and write up any
useful vocabulary on the board.

Pair your students and ask them to tell their

partner about they experienced as they went from
one stage of their life to another. by Kieran Donaghy


Step 3

Step 4
Get feedback from the whole class.

Step 5
Tell your students they are going to watch a short
film in which the various stages of a womans life
are portrayed as she walks along a pavement
(sidewalk in American English). As they watch
their task is to notice physical and emotional
Show the film.

Step 6
Pair your students and ask them to tell their
partner about the changes they noticed. Encourage
them to use the vocabulary in Steps 1 and 2.

Step 7
Get feedback from the whole class.

Tell your students you are going to show the film

again, but this time you are going to pause at
each stage of the womans life and their task is
to say what each stage is , and what physical and
emotional changes they notice and what the woman
is feeling. by Kieran Donaghy


Step 8

Show the film again, pausing to discuss each


Step 9
Ask your students the following questions:
How does the film make you feel?
Does the film have a message?
How would the film be different if it were
about a man?
Ask your students to write a description of how
they have changed physically and emotionally as
they have grown up.

I hope you enjoy the lesson.


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