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Live from London: What do you love?

Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan, Video Video material

Set in Brixton, London, this video lesson includes authentic interviews with people living in London talking about things that they love. 

Note: If your device isn’t Flash compatible, then click on the link under ‘Related files’ at the bottom of the page to download the video. You can then play it through the media player on your device (e.g. iTunes).

Seven ideas on how to use this video with your class

The following lesson ideas can be used alongside the video Live from London: What do you love? You can use these ideas on their own, you could group some of the activities together and choose to do them in whichever order you prefer. Each lesson idea has a recommended learner level. The transcript is attached under ‘Related files’ at the bottom of this page.

Some of the ideas can be used for flipped lessons. In this scenario students can do tasks and preparatory work at home or in the school independently from the teacher for the following lesson. This allows more time for communicative tasks, teacher-led tasks or group-led tasks during class time.

1. Listening comprehension

Level: Pre-intermediate (A2) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students watch the video and have to answer detailed questions.

Objective: to listen for detailed understanding

Instructions: Write the following questions on the board or create a handout.

  1. What does Robbie say his friends would do for him?
  2. What does Lorraine love?
  3. How long has Shaun worked for his boss?
  4. What does Kamilla love about the seaside?
  5. What coastline does Kamilla particularly love?
  6. Who does Natasha love the most?
  7. Where did Natasha meet her husband?
  8. How long has Natasha been married?

Ask students to first answer questions individually whilst watching the video. Place them in groups once video is over and check answers against your own.

2. Themed discussion

Live from London Robbie

Level: Pre-intermediate (A2) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students use the two main questions from the video as a basis for a personalised discussion about love.

Objective: to practise question formation; to provide the opportunity for a class discussion

Instructions: Place your students into pairs or small groups for this activity. Before playing the video tell your students that Luke, the interviewer in the video, asks two main questions. Ask your students to write down the two questions that they hear (see below). Play the video.

What do you love most in the world?

Who do you love most in the world?

Now ask your students to come up with three more questions related to the subject of ‘love’ and discuss all five questions in pairs or small groups.

3. Narrative tenses

Live form London Lorraine

Level: Intermediate (B1) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students identify examples of narrative tenses (the past simple, past continuous and past perfect) used in Natasha’s answer about how she met her husband.

Objective: to review narrative tenses; to listen for specific information

Instructions: Write the following question on the board: How did Natasha meet her husband?

Tell your students to listen out for Natasha’s anecdote in the video and answer the question. Play the video. In pairs, ask your students to check their answers and follow with a whole class feedback.

Finally create a handout from the transcript of Natasha’s anecdote.

OK! We met at Faro airport. We were going on a holiday. Well, he was going with his friends and I was going with my friends, but it was massive group. Basically it’s called RJS, and … that morning I had over-packed my suitcase and me and Mum had to throw it down the stairs so, when I got to the airport, my suitcase was going around and around the conveyor belt cos I basically couldn’t lift it off, and this kind gentleman … came and he asked me if that was my bag and I said yes, and he helped me lift the bag off … and he took it to the coach for me and basically the rest is history. Fifteen years later we are now married!

Hand out the excerpt above and ask your students to find and underline at least one example of the past simple, past continuous and past perfect. Place your students back in pairs or small groups to share their answers.

You can extend to the activity to this lesson here for a more detailed look at the form and use of different narrative tenses.

4. True or false

kamilla

Level: Pre-Intermediate (A2) to intermediate (B1)

Summary: Students are given a list of true or false statements about the video content.

Objective: to listen for specific information

Flipped: Students can do this activity at home as well as prepare their own true and false statements for use in the following class. You could then add the ‘Interview task’ activity to be completed in the rest of the lesson.

Instructions: Look at the statements below. Some are true and others are false. You can either write them on the board or create your own handout. You may wish to change the order of the statements to make it more challenging or you may wish to use the transcript to make your own true/false statements.

Statements and answers:

  1. Robbie loves his family most in the world [F] He loves his friends most
  2. Robbie has thousands of friends [F] He has a small group of friends he is very close to
  3. Robbie’s friends would do anything for him [T]
  4. One of the things Lorraine loves is having new experiences [T]
  5. Kamilla loves the seaside the most [T]
  6. The seaside inspires Kamilla’s clothing designs [F] She designs jewellery
  7. Kamilla’s favourite coastline is the North-east of Wales [F] South-East
  8. Natasha loves her husband most [T]
  9. Natasha met her husband in Portugal [T] They met at Faro airport (Faro is in Portugual)
  10. Sixteen years later Natasha and her husband are now married [F] fifteen years later

Additional idea: Ask your students to write their own true and false statements, to swap with a partner, about what they love.

5. Anecdote – How did you meet?

Level: Pre-intermediate (A2) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students choose someone in their life that they love to give a short presentation about to the class.

Flipped: Students could watch the video at home and prepare their anecdotes for the following day’s lesson.

Objective: to practise presentation skills and fluency

Instructions: Play the video to your students as a warmer. Explain to your students that they are going to prepare an anecdote about someone they love. You may wish to look at this lesson beforehand. 

Talking about someone you love

Write the following questions on the board to help generate ideas for the anecdote:

  • Who are they?
  • How did you meet?
  • How would describe them? (character and appearance)
  • What makes you love them so much?
  • What special moments have you shared?

6. Vocabulary lesson

live from london natasha

Level: Intermediate (B1) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students familiarize themselves with some of the low-frequency everyday English in the video.

Objectives: to build vocabulary; to practise speaking; to induce meaning from context

Instructions: As the videos are authentic, unscripted interviews, some of the language used by the interviewees is very natural and colloquial.

Write the below words and expressions on the board, or print out the worksheet which can be found under ‘Related files’ at the bottom of this page.

  1. Close (friends) (adj)
  2. Inspiration (n)
  3. Coastline (n)
  4. To sweep (v)
  5. Impact (n)
  6. Massive (adj)

Place your students in small groups to come up with a definition for each word and then show them the following Macmillan dictionary definitions to compare their answers.

  1. connected by shared interests and shared feelings such as love and respect
  2. a sudden feeling of enthusiasm, or a new idea that helps you to do or create something
  3. the land along a coast, especially when seen from the sea or the air
  4. to clean a floor, the ground, or another surface using a broom (a brush with a long handle)
  5. an effect, or an influence
  6. very large or heavy

7. Improve the English!

shaun

Level: Pre-intermediate (A2) to upper intermediate (B2)

Summary: Students work in pairs to try and improve Shaun’s English (the non-native speaker in the video).

Objectives: to encourage error correction; to practise listening for specific information

Instructions: Explain to the students that in the video there is specific interviewee who in a non-native speaker. Play the video. Now write up the following exchange on the board from the transcript:

Shaun: I love it, I love it London.

Luke: You love London? Why do you love London so much?

Shaun: Because it’s nice country, the people are good people, me I’m just happy, happy with my boss, 15 years working with him, we joke, everything, laugh, everything, I just live 15 years in Brixton Market.

Ask your students to work in pairs and try to correct any mistakes in Shaun’s answers and also to focus on how they could improve the coherence of his speech. There are multiple possible answers so monitor closely, putting good correction examples on the board to share with the whole class.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • Hello there...

    I can’t seem to find the download option onto an iPad so I can play it offline. Where is it?

    Cheers

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  • Hi,
    The content is Flash based so it won't be possible to see it directly on an iPad but you can download it and then add it to the iPad via iTunes.
    Click on the link under ‘Related files’ at the bottom of the page to download the video. You can then play it through the media player on your device (e.g. iTunes).
    Hope that helps,
    The onestopenglish team

  • Hi Jo,

    We should be the ones saying sorry!

    You should be able to play the downloaded video on your ipad because the file is an mp4. So it should automatically go into your itunes.

    Let us know what happens.

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  • Really sorry to ask again! Is it possible to download onto an ipad and play offline? Or only a laptop? Thanks so much, Joanne

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  • Hi Joanne,

    Yes, unfortunately the video player is flash-based so it won't run on iPads. However, you can download the video at the bottom of this page and then play it offline.

    I hope that helps. Let us know if not.

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  • Hi,

    I can't seem to open the video on an ipad?

    Thanks,

    Joanne

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  • Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for the lovely feedback. Hope you and your students enjoyed the lesson.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Excellent lesson and very useful for the Valentine's Day.

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  • Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your feedback. The video is now available as an mp4.

    Hope that helps.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hello!
    The video format is flv.
    Could you not make it available as MP4 - or any format for Windows Media player?
    Chris

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  • Hi carol,

    Thanks for the feedback. What are you having trouble downloading; the worksheets or the videos? You should not need to download the video as it should open automatically. If it doesn't, just click on the video link under 'related files' and you will be able open it with VLC media player. Alternatively you can right click on the video file and save it to your computer. The word files for the transcript and the worksheet should operate in a similar way.

    Please let us know if you are still having trouble.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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