Teaching with Grease



SUMMER NIGHTS. Grease (SOURCE: englishstuffesl.blogspot.gr)

DOWNLOAD WORKSHEET 1 (SOURCE: tuneintoenglish.com)

PAST TENSE WORKSHEET 2 (SOURCE: busyteacher.org)

WORKSHEET 3 by Teacher Laura (SOURCE: eslprintables.com)

WORKSHEET 4 (with more songs) by Friedfam (SOURCE: eslprintables.com)

MORE WORKSHEETS (GREASE) (SOURCE: eslprintables.com)

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ONLINE EXERCISE (SOURCE: englishexercises.org)

Grease Song Lyrics (SOURCE: metrolyrics.com)




A Journey into the World of Contemporary Online Social Interaction

Online Now’ is a journey into the world of online social interaction, focusing on the monumental shift in social reality, as we disconnect from the real world and live our lives online…


‘Online Now’ is a short film by Pocket Jakes that takes a look at how we all use the internet to connect today. Many of us are now in front of a computer, smart tv or smart phone searching and communicating using the internet. The internet has given us the power to communicate quickly and efficiently, and for some it has become the only source for social interaction.SOURCE




A ring of reality:Taare Zameen Par-Like Stars on Earth


A 2007 Indian drama film directed by Aamir Khan

‘This movie has a touch of beauty and a ring of reality to it. It’s rare that we get to see a beautifully made movie that entertains us while depicting realistic picture. Films like these revive my hope and add a sparkle to the time spent.’

‘This movie paints the imaginative, and creative world of a child and his struggle with his parents and the society expectations.’

by Nora Ezzati

Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi (Darsheel Safari) is an eight-year-old boy who dislikes school and fails every test or exam. He finds all subjects difficult, and is belittled by his teachers and classmates. But Ishaan’s internal world is rich with wonders that he is unable to convey to others, magical lands filled with colour and animated animals. He is an artist whose talent is unrecognised.

Ishaan’s father, Nandkishore Awasthi (Vipin Sharma), is a successful executive who expects his children to excel. His mother, housewife Maya Awasthi (Tisca Chopra), is frustrated by her inability to educate her son. Ishaan’s elder brother, Yohaan (Sachet Engineer), is an exemplary scholar and athlete, which Ishaan is frequently reminded of.

After receiving a particularly poor academic report, Ishaan’s parents send him to a boarding school. There he sinks into a state of fear and depression, despite being befriended by Rajan (Tanay Chheda), physically disabled) and one of the top students in his class. Ishaan’s situation changes when a new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan), joins the school’s faculty. An instructor at the Tulips School for young children with development disabilities, Nikumbh’s teaching style is markedly different from that of his strict predecessor, and he quickly observes that Ishaan is unhappy and contributes little to class activities. He reviews Ishaan’s work and concludes that his academic shortcomings are indicative of dyslexia. On his day off, Nikumbh visits Ishaan’s parents and asks if he can see more of their son’s work. He is stunned by the sophistication of one of Ishaan’s paintings, and tells his parents that Ishaan is a bright child who processes information differently from other children in his class, but Ishaan’s father is suspicious that the explanation is simply an excuse for his son’s poor performance. Nikumbh demands that he read some Japanese text on a box and berates him when he cannot, giving him a glimpse into Ishaan’s experience of school. Nikumbh describes dyslexia to them and explains that it is not a sign of low intelligence. He tells them he can provide extra tutoring that will help Ishaan, highlighting the boy’s artistic ability evident in his many paintings and other creative works.

Nikumbh subsequently brings up the topic of dyslexia in class, and offers a list of famous people who are considered dyslexic. As the students are leaving the classroom, Nikumbh asks Ishaan to remain behind and reveals to him that he too experienced the same difficulties with dyslexia. Nikumbh then visits the school’s principal and obtains his permission to become Ishaan’s tutor. He attempts to improve Ishaan’s reading and writing by using remedial techniques developed by dyslexia specialists; Ishaan soon develops an interest in language and mathematics, and his grades improve.

Towards the end of the school year Nikumbh organises an art fair for the staff and students. The competition is judged by artist Lalita Lajmi. Ishaan, with his strikingly creative style, is declared the winner and Nikumbh, who paints Ishaan’s portrait, the runner-up. The principal announces that Nikumbh has been hired as the school’s permanent art teacher. When Ishaan’s parents meet his teachers on the last day of school they are left speechless by the transformation they see in him. Overcome with emotion, Ishaan’s father thanks Nikumbh. As Ishaan is getting into the car to leave with his parents, he turns around and runs toward Nikumbh. The film ends with a freeze frame shot of Nikumbh tossing Ishaan into the air. SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org

First Flight

The story of a fastidiously organised businessman, whose perspective on life is forever changed through an unexpected encounter with a tiny fledgling bird.

First Flight – Film by Dreamworks από videosonlytube

Idea from antikleidi.com


Tsumiki no ie (The House of Small Cubes)

As his town is flooded by water, an old man is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life.

2009 Academy Awards (Oscar) – Best Short Film, Animated – Winner

Directed by
Kunio Kat


Tsumiki No Ie from lennie small on Vimeo.

Shorty Flicky:

“The world gets flooded and as the water level goes up, the residents of a sleepy village where this elderly man lives must build another level of their houses each time. In his loneliness, he moves on and not complaining. Until one day, his pipe fell down to the lower submerged levels of his house.

He then search for the pipe and as he goes down deeper, he reminisces scenes from his past live. A level where he remembers when he took care of his sickly, devoting wife, a level where he used to raise up his daughter, until eventually the happy times when the earth was still green and beautiful.

La Maison en Petits Cubes is either a cautionary tale of environment, but I’d like to take it as a tale for us to be grateful with what we have right now. Truly, for many people, their past may be the very phase of their glorious times and now live on regretting their inability to be again at that state. But for me it’s a solid advice to move on, cherishing every moment with my family, my current life, and at what I believe most. At the very least, we live to see the happiness of our past and felt content in the end with the result of our efforts.

These Japanese animators created this film with a different technique than their fellow countrymen. It’s more like a colored pencil-made animation and at times might make everyone depressed with its darkly images of this elderly man during his lonely nights. Even so, the animation will definitely bring anyone to immerse with the elderly man’s life and what he reminisces. An Oscar win back in 2008 was indeed deserving.”

Idea from antikleidi.com

Mariza (Constantine Krystallis, 2008)

Mariza is a short 3d ani­mated film cre­ated back in 2008 by Greek ani­ma­tor Con­stan­tine Krys­tallis. This was his final project for her ani­ma­tion MA at Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Syd­ney. SOURCE

Idea from antikleidi.com


Inspiring Writing: Oktapodi

Oktapodi is a 2007 French computer-animated short film that originated as a Graduate Student Project from Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image. The film is about a pair of love struck octopuses who through a series of comical events are separated and find each other. Oktapodi was directed by Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, and Emud Mokhberi. Music was composed by Kenny Wood.
Oktapodi was well received, winning a number of awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film (Animated) for the 81st Academy Awards. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows. en.wikipedia.org
Oktapodi (2007) - Oscar 2009 Animated Short Film

Oktapodi from oscardodo on Vimeo.

A Fun Video Activity (SOURCE: english-teacher-exposed.blogspot.co.uk)


VIEW Oktapodi: Elementary ESL Lesson by

Ann Orrin

Inspiring Writing: “French Roast”

French Roast is an animated short created by Fabrice O. Joubert.


A nice story about generosity , goodwill and everyday life, that features a business man, a homeless man and a tired old lady. The 8 minute film takes place in a French cafe, where a high-class businessman enjoys his day with coffee and a newspaper. Moments later he is approached by a beggar, but rudely pays him no mind. Once the beggar leaves the businessman notices his wallet is missing and immediately purchases more coffee to buy more time. Minutes pass and the beggar is back again, only this time he bothers a little old lady at the next table. She happily yet slowly obliges and gives him a dollar from a questionable stack of cash. Then suddenly out of nowhere the cops arrive; there has been a bank robbery and they stop in to post a picture of the suspect. During this time the little old lady excuses herself to go the restroom, leaving her purse behind, and the anxious businessman finds it the perfect opportunity to lift a little cash from her purse. Only problem is when he reaches into her bag, he pulls out a mask that looks just like the wanted bank robber. The now inebriated detective misfires his gun, causing the beggar (who’s back) to trip, revealing all the cash he’s accumulated through the day while the little old lady returns from the bathroom, grabs her purse and leaves, oblivious to it all. But now its closing time and the waiter wants to get paid. The businessman feigns checking his pockets, only to have the bill covered by the beggar.
ENTRY SOURCE: tkmovies.wordpress.com

Pet Shop- An Awarded Short Film

On the one hand, about a boy saving his money to buy a pet; on the other, a short film about society valuing appearance more than substance and pricing it accordingly.

Writer/Director: Michael Gabriel Zenelis 2010


Similes in Music and Movies Video



SIMILE EXAMPLES  CLICK HERE (SOURCE: ereadingworksheets.com)


On Time – A Short Film by Bianca Bodmer

A travelling salesman selling the future in his suitcase.

ON TIME from Bianca Bodmer on Vimeo.


Lost Memories: A thought-provoking short film

LOST MEMORIES (French, English Subtitles) from Francois Ferracci on Vimeo.
Paris, 2020.
A beautiful couple, a city over-saturated by holograms and digital stream.
A polaroid camera.
Tomorrow will never be the same.
Written, Directed and post-produced by Francois Ferracci.

The Splitscreen Love Story

A wonderful video for teaching about travel or routines
Subtitled with prompts here

(SOURCE: community.eflclassroom.com)

Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths on Vimeo

Splitscreen: A Love Story follows the dual journeys of a man in Paris and a woman in New York, synchronized to a melancholy piano-driven soundtrack. Streetscapes and events line up almost perfectly in each city.SOURCE: boweryboogie.com

The Last Knit-Lesson of “Letting Go”

When knitting becomes an obsession.
Demonstrates the way in which we can become human beings with obsessions

Director: Laura Neuvonen
Producer : Anima Vitae / Petteri Pasanen

 ENTRY SOURCE: dagorret.net

The following entry was written by Alice Lin, LOVE NEVERENDING

“The Last Knit.”
It was produced in Finland in 2005. Even though there is no dialogue in the film, it carries a deep and profound message. I call it the lesson of “letting go.”

The film starts with a woman who appears to be at a comfortable stage in her life.  The woman sits down on a chair and starts to knit a beautiful, colorful scarf. The scarf represents the power, fame and money that she is determined to achieve in life. As time passes, the more she accomplishes, the more ambitious she becomes. It would be easy for her to pick up her scissors to cut the string and stop knitting, but she pushes the scissors away from her. Being blinded by her obsession for achieving more, she continues to knit. By now, the scarf is so long that it has gone over the edge of a cliff. But the woman fails to realize that she herself is in danger of falling off that cliff because she is “attached” to the scarf.

As she races to knit more and more, she ends up running out of material. Still, she is reluctant to let go.  She risks her life by substituting her own hair for the yarn. Unable to stop knitting, she falls off the cliff. She finally realizes that she has to stop and let go so that she can survive. She then saves herself by using her own teeth to cut herself off from the scarf and free herself from this fatal situation.

Once she learns this valuable lesson, she quickly lets go of her knitting sticks and begins to treasure scissors. She understands that by using scissors wisely to cut off and let go of greed, she can have a new and better life.

Indeed, we can stop suffering by learning the lesson of letting go. By letting go, we can free ourselves from bondage and restriction. Our life can then be like a kite that flies high into the sky once it is released.

Idea from 36dimotiko.blogspot.gr

Inspirational Short Films: Validation- Wrong Side of the Bed

Validation is an independent short film about, well being validated. It talks about the importance of encouragement and motivation, of letting someone know that that he or she is doing something right. SOURCE: squidoo.com

Kurt Kuenne’s short film, ”Validation,” has played at 34 film festivals and won 17 awards. SOURCE: openculture

Directed By Kurt Kuenne



PLAY THE Compliment Game POSTED by  ddeubel (SOURCE: community.eflclassroom.com)

OLDER RELATED POST 1: Have you given someone a compliment today?

Normality takes a turn on his head when Mr Average Joe suffers a very unlucky day when he gets up on the wrong side of the bed. Will he manage to get back on the right side of life or will he be doomed to suffer bad fortune for the rest of the day?

Directed by Daniel Lucchesi / USA / 2006 SOURCE: shortsbay.com


This lesson plan is based on an award-winning film called  Wrong Side of the Bed directed by Daniel Lucchesi, vocabulary for morning routines, and the first conditional.


Film English -Apricot (Childhood Memories)


This lesson is based on an award-winning film called Apricot by Ben Briand and the subject of memories

(SOURCE: film-english.com)

Inspiring Writing:The Legend of the Scarecrow (2005)

The Legend of the Scarecrow from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

by Carlos Lascano

“The life of a scarecrow changes when he decides to become friends with the birds”
This short film has been internationally acclaimed and received numerous awards since its premiere (including a pre selection to the Oscars)

LEARN MORE (SOURCE: carloslascano.com)

Using Trailers & Movies in ESL/EFL Classroom

SUBTITLED TRAILERS (SOURCE: yourlocalcinema.com)

comedy-genre (SOURCE: filmsite.org)

Using Movie Trailers To Teach English (SOURCE: eltworld.net) VIEW RESOURCES FOR ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

Movie Trailers As Persuasive Texts by Frank Baker (SOURCE: frankwbaker.com)

TEACHING TRAILERS (SOURCE: filmeducation.org)

Teaching with Film and Video (SOURCE: eslpartyland.com)

ESL LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES: Movie Trailers (SOURCE: learnenglishfeelgood.com )


Main film genres -crime-genre (SOURCE: filmsite.org)

The Best Sites That Use Movie Trailers To Teach English

(SOURCE: larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)


(SOURCE: englishexercises.org)



Inspiring Writing: The Black Hole (3 min Short Film)

The Black Hole tells the story of ‘Charlie’ a bored office worker who accidentally photocopies a black hole.

Grand Prize Winner of UK Virgin Media Shorts 2008 Film Competition.

Starring Napoleon Ryan, Written & Directed by Phil And Olly

LESSON PLAN ON THIS VIDEO (SOURCE: designerlessons.org)


Inspiring Writing: Porcelain Revised Score (award-winning short film)

‘This summer (2011), director/producer Ridley Scott launched a global filmmaking competition dubbed “Tell It Your Way” following its Cannes Lions award-winning short-film project “Parallel Lines.”

The entrants were given freedom of expression and could take up any theme they wanted.

There were two strict rules—
The dialogue could be precisely six-lines (as it was in the ‘Parallel Lines’ films), and entries could not exceed three minutes…’


LesChoristes LEARN MORE (SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org)

The Secret Garden1993 LEARN MORE (SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org)

FILM SCRIPT (SOURCE: angelfire.com)
Dead Poets Society (1989) ESL Resources

LEARN MORE (SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org)

To Sir, With Love (1967) LEARN MORE (SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org)

FILM SCRIPT (SOURCE: script-o-rama.com)

Dangerous Minds LEARN MORE (SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (film)


Dead Poets Society Slideshow


OLDER RELATED POST 2: Rufus Wainwright: Hallelujah



The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (film)

WEBQUEST: ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ By John Boyne by Emma Montesi (SOURCE:zunal.com)




RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES (SOURCE: filmeducation.org)

ONLINE QUIZ (SOURCE: goodreads.com)



NOVEL by John Boyne READ ABOUT THE STORY (SOURCE: theage.com.au)


Cast Away (Tom Hanks) Talk about disasters using simple past



VIEW QUESTIONS & SCRIPT on this VIDEO  (SOURCE: eslwriting.org)


Inspiring Writing: Small Pleasures (short film)


Once upon a time in a country far far away a boy lived, very different from all the others. His name was Eftichis. Everything ran smoothly in his life until one day, many many years ago an incident made him see life from a different perspective. And suddenly, a big secret was revealed.
1) Mention some examples of small pleasures presented in the video.
2) What is the big secret revealed in the end?
3) What is the message sent through this video?
QUESTIONS POSTED by  Christina Markoulaki (see post)
You are going to watch a short film called Moments about the small moments that make life extraordinary.
How would you define a moment?
Put the moments you see into one of the three categories below:
  1. What moments are important to you in your own life right now?
  2.  What moments were important to you in your own life in the past?
  3. What moments may be important to you in your own life in the future?
  4. What is the film’s message?
Questions posted in the following
LESSON PLAN (WITH VIDEOS): MOMENTS This lesson is based around an insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring short film called Momentsby Everynone about the small moments that make life extraordinary (SOURCE: film-english.com)