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The Emancipation of Prince

Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1)

Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, speaking
and writing
Topic: Dogs and their owners
Language: Vocabulary related to dogs,
expressing dislike
Materials: Short film

This lesson is designed around a funny short film

by Gavin OGrady and the theme of dogs and their

Step 1

Write dog lover on the board. Ask students what

they think it means. Ask them in what ways dog
owners may show their love for their dogs.

Step 2

Show your students the picture of the dog below

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Ask them the following questions:

What breed is it? (Chihuahua)

What do you think the character of this dog is? by Kieran Donaghy 2

What type of a person owns a Chihuahua?

Step 3

Tell your students they are going to watch a short

film about the relationship between the dog,
Prince, and his owner. Explain that in the film
Prince talks in voice-over about his relationship
with his owner who he hates, but that they are
going to watch the film with no sound. As they
watch the film they should imagine what Prince is
saying. After they have watched the film they
should work with a partner and write a transcript
of what Prince says.


Step 4

Give students 10 minutes to create their

transcripts. After 10 minutes put each pair with
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another pair and ask them to explain their
transcript to their partner.

Step 5

Ask each pair to read out their transcript. by Kieran Donaghy 3

Step 6

Now show the film with sound and ask students to

compare their transcripts with the film's.

You might like to explain some of the more

difficult vocabulary and expressions:

to loathe - to hate

to drive to despair - to make someone desperate

contempt - a lack of respect

to long for - to really want

flawless - perfect

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The last line of the film is:

"If at first you don't succeed ....."

Tell your students, that this is the start of a

common English proverb, ask them what they think
the second part of the proverb is.

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try

again." by Kieran Donaghy 4

Ask them if they agree with the proverb.

You might like to give them the complete proverb

written by W. E. Hickson:

'Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try

again. If at first you don't succeed, try, try,
try again.'

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