Food

Public: adolescents, young adults

Level: elementary, intermediate

Objectives: watching a video, speaking and writing

 

BEFORE VIEWING

Ask students [SS] what types of food they like to eat and why.

Inform them that they are about to watch a short film and that they must pay attention to everything that they watch. They should be able to identify the hero of the film and everything he does.

watch  VIEWING

You should pause the video at various intervals to check comprehension and elicit vocabulary. You could simply ask SS to describe everything they have seen in between the pauses. The risk factor however is that you may be faced with some very speechless SS or a few talkative ones who eclipse the rest of the class.

 The following plan suggests the time intervals and the questions you could use to guide their thought processes.

[Pause after 1min] 

Guiding questions with examples of expected answers:

  • What is the title of the film? ‘Feast’
  • What does it mean?
  • Who is the hero? a little puppy
  • What is his name? Winston
  • Where does he initially live? in the street
  • What is his condition? he is hungry/ starving/ deprived/ sad/ ravenous/ sad…
  • Does he finally find food to eat? yes, someone gives him food/ someone adopts him
  • Where does he finally live? in a house
  • What does he eat there? dog food

[Pause after 1 minute 46 seconds]

Guiding question:

  • What food do you see Winston eating? spaghetti with meatballs, fried eggs and bacon …

[Pause after 2 minutes 59 seconds]

Guiding questions:

  • What happens next?
  • What food does Winston get to eat now? vegetables (Brussels sprouts, parsley…)
  • How does Winston feel?

[Pause after 4 minutes]

Guiding questions:

  • What happens next?
  • What food does Winston eat now? Why? Is he now happy?
  • Is his master happy?
  • What do you think he will do next?

[Pause after 5 minutes 38 seconds]

Guiding questions:

  • What happens next?
  • What food does Winston get to eat now?
  • Is he happy? happy vs. contented
  • What do you think will happen next?

[Pause after 6 minutes 30 seconds]

Guiding questions:

  • What does Winston see?
  • Who is this new person?
  • How does Winston feel now?
 speak_2   DISCUSSION

These questions are meant to guide the discussion. You could use either use them or adapt them to suit your needs.

[Intermediate/ Upper-Intermediate] What if Winston were a human being instead of a dog? How would he react to the various ‘new’ situations in his life?

[Intermediate] How different are eating habits in different countries? What food is considered healthy? Why?

[Upper-Intermediate] Do you think that the type of food we eat or that we crave for has anything to do with our state of mind?

write   WRITING

[Pre-intermediate] Imagine that you are Winston. Describe your normal day.

[Intermediate] Imagine that you are Winston’s master. Retell Winston’s story in your own words.

[Intermediate] Imagine that you are Winston. Tell your own story in your own words. You could modify the end of the story if you wish.

 

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