Film English: Love in a Heartbeat

As Valentine’s Day is around the corner I thought I would post some lessons regarding love. I’ve always found love to be a good topic for students whether you have experienced it or not, believe in love or not – we all have some opinion to give.


to have a change of heart about smt
to have a heart-to-heart with sb
to have a heart of stone
to have (one's) heart in smt
to follow (one's) heart
a childhood sweetheart
to pour (one's) heart out to sb
to be young at heart
to wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve

This is a lesson I have taken and adapted from which is a very good website to use to add a little media magic to your classroom.

First, I start off by writing the title of the film, asking the students what does ‘in a heartbeat’ mean (something very quick) and holding a short discussion about love. Do you believe in love? What would you say to someone who doesn’t believe in love? Have you ever been in love? What is love to you? Is love forever/eternal?

Next give them the worksheet and put them in pairs. Students must now read the sentences with the expressions and discuss the meaning of the expressions. After 5/10 minutes get some feedback, clarify meaning and elicit some examples to write on the board. Now get the students to write some sentences about themselves or people they know using the expressions.

Next tell students they are going to watch a short animation about a love story. Make sure they understand the questions by going through each one. Students watch the film, compare answers in pairs and then get some feedback.

Now put them in groups to discuss the questions. When they are done, hold a class discussion with the feedback.