Lessons

UPPER-INTERMEDIATE (B2)

Breeding the World's Hottest Pepper

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the hottest pepper in the world. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about spicy food and hot peppers. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar features how to use indefinite / definite articles. In the cooperation activity students can do a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Spicy Food, Hot Peppers
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Other Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Indefinite & Definite Articles
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 3:18
Topics: Spicy Food, Hot Peppers
A hot lesson for your students about 'Smokin' Ed Currie and his prized possession - The Carolina Reaper. This is literally the hottest pepper in the world, breaking records on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. This thing looks just downright scary. Your students are sure to get a kick out of this one.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop Experience

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the Hyperloop. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about modern transportation and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to transportation. The grammar exercises features the passive voice. In the cooperation activity students do a summary activity and have an imaginative discussion about travel.
Speaking:
Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Expressions, Nouns, Adjectives, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Summary, Hyperloop Experience Activity
Type of video: Informational / News Report
Length of video: 4:38
Topics: Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
This video is a news report which contains interviews and discussions with people involved in the Hyperloop project. The reporter explores questions about the basic of the Hyperloop, the challenges for its construction, and how it will revolutionize and impact transportation as we know it.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

United - Safety is Global: Official Safety Video

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the safety procedures and instructions for flying with United. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about flying and flights. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use the subordinate conjunctions "as" and "in order to". There is also a quiz & review section which includes bonus activities.
Speaking:
Flying & Flights
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Multiple Choice, Images, Synonyms, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use "as" and "in order to"
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Instructional Video
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Flights & Flying
United Airlines employees guide you through the safety demonstrations, procedures, and regulations for their flights, but in an entertaining kind of way.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Official Trailer (HD)

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the trailer for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - Tarantino's newest film. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Hollywood and acting. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use "Anybody...?" in questions. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Hollywood, Acting
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Multiple Choice, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use "Anybody...?" in Questions
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Movie Trailer
Length of video: 2:34
Topics: Hollywood, Acting
“In this town, it can all change…like that.” Watch the new #OnceUponATimeInHollywood trailer - in theaters July 26.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+.

Who will challenge Donald Trump in 2020? | The Economist

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the candidates from the Democratic Party who will compete against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential elections. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about American politics. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the third conditional. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
American Politics, Presidential Candidates
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Third Conditional
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 6:44
Topics: 2020 Democratic Party Candidates
The 2020 Democratic primary election is already one of the most hotly contested in history, with over 20 candidates vying to lead the party. John Prideaux, our US editor, takes a look at the front-runners.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+.

History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about American Independence Day - July 4th. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the history and traditions of the holiday. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
July 4th History & Traditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Vocabulary Definition Matching, Other Phrases & Expressions
Grammar:
--
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Educational / Cultural
Length of video: 5:27
Topics: July 4th Celebrations, History, Traditions
In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+.

Independence Day | 4th of July History

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about American Independence Day - July 4th. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the history and traditions of the holiday. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. There is a part which focuses on parts of speech. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
July 4th History & Traditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choose the Correct Person
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Extra Vocabulary Terms, Context Usage
Grammar:
Parts of Speech
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Educational / Cultural
Length of video: 2:26
Topics: July 4th Celebrations, History, Traditions
WatchMojo gives a brief history of the 4th of July and how Americans celebrate Independence Day.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+.

How Mass Tourism is Destroying Cities

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the causes and effects of tourism. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about tourism and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on the passive voice in the present continuous. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Tourism & Travel
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice in Present Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Effects of Tourism
Tourism has been on the rise over the past few decades. However, it's been coming with a range of negative impacts on the well-being of global cities and destinations. TRT World takes a look at four major ways cities are being impacted by mass tourism.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Why Quitting Facebook And Instagram Made Me Happier

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about a reporter who quit social media. It includes discussion and conversation activities about the impact of social media and Facebook. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on get + adjective to express change. In the cooperation activity, students can do a writing exercise. There is also a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Social Media, Facebook
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verb + Noun Combinations, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Get + Adjective (expressing change)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Interview / Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:29
Topics: Social Media, Quitting Social Media
CNBC technology reporter Christina Farr deleted Facebook and Instagram from her phone in August, and hasn't checked either app since. Here's how her social media detox has improved her life.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Inside a Google Data Center

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about Google's data center in South Carolina. It includes discussion and conversation activities about data, Google, and data centers. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on prepositions and word choice. In the cooperation activity, students can create their own headlines or create an interview. There is also a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Data, Data Centers, Google
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Put Events in Order
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Phrases, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Writing a Headline, Interview
Type of video: Technology & Business
Length of video: 5:27
Topics: Google, Data Centers
Joe Kava, VP of Google's Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google's infrastructure.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

How to Close a Sales Deal

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to close sales. It includes discussion questions and activities about closing sales, finalizing deals, and action plans. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on the difference between above and beyond. In the cooperation activity, students can create and action plan.
Speaking:
Closing Sales, Finalizing Deals, Action Plans
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Sales Technique Matching
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Idioms, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between 'Above' and 'Beyond'
Cooperation:
Creating an Action Plan
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:10
Topics: Closing Sales
Craig frequently gets asked by clients: “Craig, how do we close a sales deal?” He believes there's so much angst around this subject, and that it isn't warranted. Closing a deal is the natural outcome of a sales process executed well.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Handling Customer Complaints: Defusing Frustration

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle customer complaints on the phone. It includes discussion questions and activities about customer service, and making & handling complaints. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on using gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Customer Complaints, Customer Service
Viewing:
Short Answers, List the Events in Order, Fill in the Letters
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Terms, Phrases, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Using Gerunds
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Customer Complaints & Customer Service
An instructional video from Skillsoft about handling customer complaints, implementing effective customer service techniques, and how to deal with angry customers.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Negotiation Deadlocks

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about negotiation deadlocks. It includes discussion questions and activities about deadlocks and how to resolve them. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to negotiations. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on present perfect + yet, still, and already. In the cooperation activity, students can resolve a negotiation deadlock related to their professional life.
Speaking:
Resolving Deadlocks
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect + Yet, Still, Already
Cooperation:
Resolving a Deadlock, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Negotiation Deadlocks
Simon Horton, an international negotiations coach, explains his three most valuable tips for resolving negotiation deadlocks.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 Steps for Achieving a Win-Win Negotiation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to achieve a win-win negotiation. It includes discussion questions and speaking activities about negotiations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to negotiations. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on how to use 'neither' and 'whether.' In the cooperation activity, students can do an activity on how to achieve a win-win negotiation.
Speaking:
Negotiations, What Makes a Successful Negotiator
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers & Step Outline
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives + Nouns, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to Use 'neither' and 'whether'
Cooperation:
How to Achieve a Win-Win Negotiation, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:07
Topics: Negotiations & Achieving a Win-Win
Mindtools Learning Series digs into negotiations and explains what the main steps are in order to ensure a win-win negotiation.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 of the Best Street Food Finds in London

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about street food in London. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about making food, London, and street food. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. In the cooperation activity, students can create their own street food concept and talk about how to make a signature dish.
Speaking:
Making Food, London, Flavor & Texture
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases
Grammar:
Phrases
Cooperation:
Street Food Concept, How to Make a Signature Dish
Type of video: Food & Travel Tour
Length of video: 5:45
Topics: Street Foods, London
Explore and discover the best spots in London for street food across a variety of different cultures.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+