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ESL Lesson Plan Decision-Making

The Art Of Better Decision-Making

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Video Length: 3:41

Updated on: 08/15/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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ESL Lesson Plan Decision-Making Description


This free ESL lesson plan on decision-making, and tips for making decisions, contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B2 upper intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will develop skills to be able to make decisions, as well as be able to help a friend in need of advice when facing a big decision. 


This lesson on decisions and decision-making starts out by having students describe images of people facing decisions, and relate to their own experiences making decisions in their lives. Students move on to some other discussion questions about decisions, and discuss whether they agree or disagree with certain ideas about decisions. The first part of this lesson also contains a prediction-based exercise on decisions in which students discuss the impact of certain factors related to decision-making, while exploring some tips and ideas for making better decisions.


Students watch a video report offering tips for making better decisions. They finish writing some of the tips offered, while also answering some short questions and doing an activity on true/false statements. 


In the second half of the lesson, students analyze some quotes from the video and try to deduce the meanings of some useful phrases used in the context of decision-making, while also discussing some agree/disagree topics using these phrases. Students then analyze a quote from a man on a phone call with a friend who needs help in making a big decision. In it, he uses some other practical phrases related to decision-making, including:

  • A tricky situation
  • I’m torn on whether…
  • My gut tells me that…
  • take a toll on
  • to gain some clarity


In the final stage of this lesson on decision-making, students can opt to discuss some questions about a big or tough decision they’re facing, or partake in a role-play activity that will help them develop skills for giving advice to a friend who is facing a big decision. 

Benefits of using this ESL lesson plan decision-making:

This free ESL lesson plan on decision-making and tips for making decisions helps learners develop practical skills for making effective choices in various situations. It is relevant to all students, since decisions, whether big or small, are something we face in everyday life. In addition, the lesson plan provides useful tips for better decision-making, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Lastly, it empowers students to help their peers, by developing the skills necessary to give advice to others who are facing a tough decision. The best part — you can download this lesson plan for free!

Video Description

Have you ever felt that life is just one decision after another? What to wear? What to eat? When you're faced with a big decision, it can be hard to know where to start. So here's Dr Radha Modgil and three of her favourite decision-making tips, along with a little help from neuroscience.

Lesson Activities




Completing Tips, Short Answers, True/False


Verb Phrases, Video Quotes, CCQ Discussion


Decision-Making Advice Discussion & Role Play, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

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