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Memories (Marcel Proust + Maroon 5...)

Topics: General English - memories - nostalgia - senses

Level: B2 and above

Skills: Listening and Speaking

Link to Proust’s references: The Proust Effect

Link to song video: Memories (2021, Maroon 5)

Link to article: The Power of Reminiscence

Link to graphic facilitation/sketchnoting: Emily Bryson ELT


  • To talk about past experiences and memories

  • To talk about memory triggers

  • To read some excerpts from Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”

  • To draw some interpretations and compare/contrast drawings

  • To connect Proust’s work with a contemporary song

  • To listen for gist and for detail

  • To practice sketchnoting

  • To analyze rhyme, literary devices (repetition, metaphor, comparison) and poetic license

  • To express opinion and reaction towards the topic

  • To reflect on childhood memories

  • To write a poem/song lyrics about memories (optional)

  • To read an article about positive reminiscence (optional)

Use of language & lexis:

  • To use past tenses to talk about memories

  • To review “used to” and “would” to describe routines and habits in the past

  • To learn / review “wish” + simple past / past perfect

  • To learn / review vocabulary related to memories (to trigger, to evoke, to remember, to remind, to bring back, to take back, etc...)

Memories - Ss worksheet
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Memories - Ts notes
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Iryna Basenko
Iryna Basenko
Oct 20, 2023

I started doing this lesson with one of my students. The lesson is so well-planned and organized. The questions, excerpts and the song are really thought-provoking. Thanks so much for your great work, Silvina!

Silvina Mascitti
Silvina Mascitti
Oct 24, 2023
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Thanks for your feedback, Iryna! Glad you and your student enjoyed the lesson!! :)

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