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ESL Emoji Lesson Plan

Where Did Emojis Come From?

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Video Length: 3:00

Updated on: 07/02/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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ESL Emoji Lesson Plan Description


This ESL emoji lesson plan on World Emoji Day and the history of emojis contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B1 intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand the history and evolution of emojis, as well as use different emojis in a variety of different contexts through writing and messaging exercises.


To get the ball rolling in this ESL lesson plan on emojis, you’ll show your students a handful of commonly used emojis and discuss their meanings and what they express. They'll engage in discussion questions and conversation about emojis and make predictions about the history of emojis.


Students then proceed to watch an engaging video about the history of emojis and World Emoji Day. Students do a listening exercise in which they match the dates to the significant events in emoji history, as well as answer some questions about the most used emojis and the reporter’s favorite.


After viewing the video, students explore some more emojis, the emotions they express, as well as get to use them in example sentences. In order to further prepare for the communicative writing tasks at the end of the lesson, they’ll analyze a message a man writes to his friend about his day, and then must properly place some emojis in the context of the message.


In this fun communicative activity, students get the chance to write a message to their classmate/teacher on a variety of different topics using some emojis. Students then respond to the messages. There is then an engaging, optional bonus activity in which students can decipher certain messages using only emojis!

Benefits of using this ESL emoji lesson plan:

This lesson plan on emojis comes packed with engaging activities that will teach your studnets some interesting history behind the little faces and images that help us express ourselves in digital communication. With so much of our communication becoming written and text-based in today's modern world of communication, emojis are something almost all of us use on a daily basis.

Besides, bringing emojis and having students use them in the classroom is just downright fun, whether the students are adults or teens. We hope you have an awesome time in this ESL lesson plan on emojis and World Emoji Day with your students. Download it now to get in on the fun!

Video Description

Where did emojis comes from and who invented them? Shanequa from BBC Newsround has been finding out!

Lesson Activities


Emojis, World Emoji Day, History of Emojis


Matching Activity (dates & events), Short Answer, Most Used Emojis


Emojis, Emoji Use, Emotions


Exchange Emoji Messages, Decipher Emoji Coded Messages, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Emojis, World Emoji Day, History of Emojis

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