Lessons

Environment & Science - Intermediate

Will Smith Tries Online Dating with Sophia the Robot

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a date Will Smith has with Sophia, the humanoid robot. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about artificial intelligence, robots, & dating. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the present perfect simple / continuous. In the cooperation activity students can have a conversation, leave a voice-mail in the future, or write a letter.
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Prefix Opposites
Grammar:
Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Having a Philosophical Conversation, Leaving a Voice-Mail, Writing a Letter
Type of video: Interview / Comedy
Length of video: 4:31
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Will Smith seems to have a special attraction to Sophia the humanoid robot, so much that he takes her on a romantic date to the Cayman Islands. Things get awkward when wine, jokes, and the atmosphere of the island air get to Will Smith's head, and he decides to go in for the kiss. See how Sofia reacts.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

In This Class You Eat Ice Cream

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a university which offers ice cream courses. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about food, ice cream, and school. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to ice cream and school. The grammar exercises feature present simple, present perfect simple / continuous, and the second conditional. In the cooperation activity students make slogans, courses, do a trivia activity, & more.
Speaking:
Ice Cream, Food, School
Viewing:
Short Answers, Number Matching, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Pres. Simple / Pres. Perfect Simple vs Continuous / Second Conditional
Cooperation:
Slogans, Creating Courses, Trivia Activity
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:12
Topics: Ice Cream, Food, School
Dr. Bob Roberts runs the ice cream courses at Penn State University, and talks about why ice cream is so special and what exactly students study in the course.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 13+

Meet the World's Oldest Hockey Player

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the oldest hockey player in the world. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about age and sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to age, sports, and hockey. The grammar exercises feature prepositions of time and superlative adjectives. In the cooperation activity students do interviews and create their own documentary scenes.
Speaking:
Ageism, Hockey, Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, Number Matching, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Expressions
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time / Superlative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Interview Questions, Creating a Documentary, Quotes
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:44
Topics: Ageism, Hockey, Sports
The oldest hockey player in the world, Mark Sertich, is 95 years old and still plays hockey. An inspirational character who talks about his daily routine and his life playing hockey with the local firefighters in the community.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop Experience

In these ESL lesson plans 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 feature the difference between can / could, using adverbs, and the passive tense. In the cooperation activity students do interviews and have an imaginative discussion about travel.
Speaking:
Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Order of Events
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Expressions, Verbs
Grammar:
Can vs Could / Adverbs / Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Imaginative Discussion, Interview
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+

How to Handle Questions from the Audience

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle questions from an audience. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about taking questions as a presenter. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on past modal verbs. In the cooperation activity, students write about problems, present them, and ask questions.
Speaking:
Handling Audience Questions, Taking Questions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ
Grammar:
Past Modal Verbs
Cooperation:
Taking Questions
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:28
Topics: Taking Audience Questions
Howcast explains how to handle questions from the audience. His number one tip - don't panic and listen carefully. Taking audience questions is actually a good thing rather than a scary thing!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

How to Conclude a Presentation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to end a presentation. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about concluding a presentation. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on modal verbs. In the cooperation activity, students write and present the end of a motivational speech.
Speaking:
Ending Presentations, Concluding Phrases
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Special Terms
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Bonus Terms, CCQ
Grammar:
Modal Verbs
Cooperation:
Writing / Presenting the End of a Speech
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:43
Topics: How to End a Presentation
Communications coach Alex Lyons gives you four clear tips to end your professional presentation like a star.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Presentation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to calm nerves before a presentation. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about calming nerves and how to make welcome remarks. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use even, even though, and even if. In the cooperation activity, students create a presentation on a 'How to...' topic.
Speaking:
Welcome Remarks, Handling Nerves
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ
Grammar:
How to use Even, Even if, Even though
Cooperation:
Role Play - 'How to...' Presentation
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:59
Topics: How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Presentation
Colin Boyd shares three tips for you on how to speak in public calm your nerves before and during a speech or presentation.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Leave a Voicemail

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to leave a voicemail and then hear a sample sales voicemail. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about voicemail greetings and leaving voicemails. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions. In the cooperation activity, students do a role play for leaving a voicemail and creating a voicemail greeting.
Speaking:
Voicemail Greetings, Leaving Voicemails
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ, Additional Voicemail Expressions
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Role Play - Leaving Voicemails, Creating Voicemail Greeting
Type of video: English Language Educational Video
Length of video: 5:43
Topics: Leaving a Voicemail, Voicemail Greeting
An English teacher explains what a typical voicemail greeting sounds like, as well as some tips on how to leave a professional voicemail.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to End a Meeting - Team Effectiveness

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to end a meeting. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about ending meetings properly. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between each, every, all, and whole. In the cooperation activity, students can practice ending meetings.
Speaking:
Closing Meetings, Quotes about Meetings
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Difference between each, every, all, whole
Cooperation:
Ending a Meeting
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:11
Topics: Ending a Meeting Properly
Liane Davey goes into detail about how you can end your meetings in the most effective way, and some tips how to carry out a successful closure.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Make Clear and Concise Points

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about making concise points at meetings. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about reporting progress, making points, and managing interruptions in meetings. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between due to, because of, thanks to, as a result, and therefore. In the cooperation activity, students can practice making points at meetings.
Speaking:
Reporting Progress, Interruptions, Making Points, Product Release
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Cause & Effect: Due to, Because of, Thanks to, As a result, Therefore
Cooperation:
Making Points
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:32
Topics: Making Clear and Concise Points, Speaking
Anne Ricketts of Lighthouse Communications explains how to make points, and express your ideas and arguments clearly in meeting using a simple but effective formula.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Master Scheduling Appointments

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about Calendly - a software designed to make appointment scheduling easier. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about scheduling, confirming, rescheduling, canceling meetings and sending meeting reminders. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between either, neither, and both. In the cooperation activity, students can create a role play for scheduling meetings by email and phone, or write a script for a video.
Speaking:
Scheduling, Confirming, Rescheduling, Canceling Meetings
Viewing:
Short Answers, Mark the Topics Discussed
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ
Grammar:
Either, Neither, Both
Cooperation:
Role Play, Video Script
Type of video: Promotional / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:17
Topics: Scheduling Meetings
Learn all about Calendly - one of the hottest meeting scheduling softwares out there.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Effective Meetings: Agenda and Preparation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to make a meeting agenda and preparation for a meeting. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about meetings and agendas. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can create a meeting agenda.
Speaking:
Starting a Meeting, Introducting yourself, Stating Objectives, Agendas
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Expressions, CCQ, Adverbs
Grammar:
How to use gerunds
Cooperation:
Making a Meeting Agenda, Stating Objectives
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:19
Topics: Meetings, Agenda
In this video, it's explained how exactly to create a good meeting agenda, what to avoid when planning for a meeting, and some tips on how to make your meetings more effective.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

6 Steps for Writing Effective Emails

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some steps for writing effective emails. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about email writing topics with colleagues and bosses, as well as deadlines. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use 'would'. In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on an activity for writing subject lines for emails and then writing short, informative, and direct emails.
Speaking:
Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
Viewing:
Mark What You Heard / Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to use 'would'
Cooperation:
Subject Line Writing, Writing Shorter and Clearer Emails
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:39
Topics: Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
MindTools presents some useful insight into how to form, write, convey, and communicate our ideas effectively using email. It's a valuable skill in today's modern age, and we write so many emails now at the office that it can be easy to get stressed out by it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

3 Tips to Write a Perfect Client Inquiry Response

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about email inquiries and how to respond. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about email inquiries, email pros and cons, and polite and impolite language. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between adjectives ending in "-ed" and "-ing". In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on an activity for writing FAQ's and responding to email inquiries.
Speaking:
Email Inquiries, Polite & Impolite Language
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Difference between adjective endings '-ed' and '-ing'
Cooperation:
FAQ Writing, Writing Email Inquiry Response
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 1:43
Topics: Responding to Email Inquiries
Learn how to write a great email inquiry response to your clients, which in turn will make a great first impression on them. As entrepreneurs, we are leaders for our clients and should know how to help them with their frustrations and problems.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Formal vs. Informal Emails | Good Manners

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about the main differences between a formal and informal email. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about formal and informal email etiquette. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between "whether" and "if". In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on two different activities for informal and formal email writing.
Speaking:
Formal and Informal Email Writing
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Examples & Usage, Acronyms
Grammar:
How to Use 'Whether' and 'If'
Cooperation:
Formal / Informal Email Writing Exercises
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:08
Topics: Formal and Informal Email Writing
Faye de Muyshondt with Social Sklz teaches you the main differences between formal and informal emails and how to approach writing them. Along the way she gives you some helpful phrases, tips, and advice related to this topic.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+