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Language Learning ESL Lesson Plan

How To Stay Motivated When Learning A Language

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Video Length: 2:54

Updated on: 01/31/2024

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Language Learning ESL Lesson Plan Description


This ESL lesson plan on learning languages contains activities, worksheets, and digital materials for intermediate B1 students. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to express their language learning goals, ways to make learning a language more fun, and rewards they could give themselves for making progress.


In the first activity of this ESL lesson plan on learning languages, students meet Míša, a student from the Czech Republic who has been learning English for a year but is currently feeling frustrated and unmotivated. She seeks guidance on succeeding at learning, managing time, and making learning more enjoyable. Students can share their experiences and tips to motivate Míša, discussing their own moments of frustration and how to stay motivated. In the third part of the activity, they can share their thoughts on Míša's new goal—whether it is a good one or not, and why.


The informative video featured in this lesson plan is from the British Council. The main focus of the video is centered around a young man, Alex, who gives motivational tips while learning a second language. Students finish writing each tip from Alex using prompts, providing examples for each tip: focusing on enjoyable aspects, rewarding themselves for progress, and setting realistic goals. In discussions, students share if they offered similar tips to Míša. In the listening-for-detail activity, students identify the correct words in Alex's tips, emphasizing the importance of culture, rewarding efforts, and maintaining commitment.


Students engage in a language-learning discussion by evaluating Alex's motivational tips and sharing their experiences with rewarding language progress. In the next part, they meet Jake from the USA, exploring his approach to learning Czech through his interest in American football. Students apply language rules by choosing between "could" and "to be able" for specific situations. Finally, in the last exercise in this section, they meet Riko, a French learner interested in cooking, and generate ideas using the correct forms of "could" and "to be able" for making French learning enjoyable and rewarding.


In the communicative activation, students can choose between two engaging activities on language-learning. In Option A, they embark on a journaling adventure, journaling about the language or skill they're learning, setting goals, and outlining rewards using "could" and "to be able."

Alternatively, in Option B, students have a lively chat with a partner. In Step 1, they exchange ideas to make the learning experience more enjoyable using "could." In Step 2, they share their learning goals employing "to be able" and suggest rewarding ideas for achieving those goals using "could." These activities provide students with a dynamic and interactive way to reflect on their learning journeys, set goals, and enhance motivation collaboratively.


Students explore the modal present progressive with "should" for continuous language learning, exemplified by activities like watching films. The structure involves subject + "should be" + present progressive. In practical exercises, students complete sentences and give advice using the same form, emphasizing the ongoing nature of language-related actions. This concise activity integrates theory, examples, and application to reinforce the concept of continuous language learning.

Benefits of using this ESL lesson plan on learning English and other languages:

Comprehensive Content: The lesson plan provides a well-rounded package with activities, worksheets, and digital materials tailored for intermediate B1 students, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Practical Language Application: Students develop practical language skills by expressing their language learning goals, discussing ways to make learning enjoyable, and identifying rewards for progress, enhancing real-life language use.

Student Engagement: The diverse activities, including discussions, video comprehension, and grammar application, keep students engaged and actively participating in the learning process.

Video Description

This British Council video features a multilingual student, Alex Rawlings, who gives his ideas on how to stay motivated when learning a second language.

Lesson Activities


Language Learning Tips, Making Learning More Fun


Finish Writing Tips, Comparison, Listening-For-Detail


Phrases: Expressing Interests, Objectives, Rewards


"Could" vs. "To be able", Modal Present Progressive (should be + verb-ing)


Find Joy In Learning: Journal & Have A Chat, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Learning Languages, Motivation, Tips

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