Video Length: 4:57
Updated on: 08/18/2023
Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.
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This ESL lesson plan on digital nomads and remote work contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B2 upper intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand and clearly describe the lifestyle of a digital nomad, the pros and cons of living as one, and actively use certain nouns and noun phrases in the context of remote work and digital nomad life.
This lesson on digital nomads and remote work opens up by students describing some images of digital nomads, and comparing and contrasting the differences between digital nomads, freelancers and a few other job roles. Students then do an activity in which they assess a list of nouns and adjectives, and they decide whether they would associate them with digital nomad life or not. They proceed to an activity in which they discuss some job roles that digital nomads do and top destinations for them to work.
Students watch a video about two men who live the digital nomad lifestyle, and describe the type of work they do, and the benefits of this type of lifestyle. Students do a listening activity that includes a multiple choice exercise, filling out some information about the mens’ lives, and then a short listening for detail activity in which they complete the words they hear in the video.
To follow up the video, students do some more discussion questions about remote work and the digital nomad life, and then move on to an activity on some nouns/noun phrases used in the video. On the final activity on this page, students write the noun forms of some adjectives describing the downsides of digital nomad life.
In the final activation stage of the lesson, students imagine their “dream” digital nomad life, and do a few speaking and role play activities surrounding it. They have the option to discuss some questions, or partake in a role play phone call with a friend using some of the nouns they learned in the lesson plan.
This lesson plan about digital nomads and remote work covers the facets of digital nomad life and makes for a very engaging Business English lesson topic in today’s modern world of work. It educates students about unconventional career paths, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with it. Students also gain insight into the future of work and the role that this type of unconventional lifestyle and career style may play in it. Since the video contains success stories, it can inspire motivation, while driving engaging discussions on work-life balance, remote work, and corporate life. Overall, the lesson plan could help your students analyze and assess different career paths in a rapidly changing professional landscape. Don’t hesitate to try out this lesson plan!
Before the pandemic, close to 8 million Americans were already using technology to work remotely. Many are entrepreneurial millennials piecing together freelance gigs anywhere in the world, as long as there’s wifi. These digital nomads, like Erick Prince and Mike Holp, enjoy having the freedom to set their own hours and locations, and are leading the conversation about the changing world of work.
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