Lessons

Fun & Entertainment - 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:
Adjectives, Nouns, Phrases, CCQ, Phrasal Verbs & Verbs
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+

When the Phone Rings: Telephone Skills for Better Service

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about phone call communication and taking and leaving messages. It includes discussion questions and activities about phone call communication. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on how to use say, tell, talk, and ask. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Phone Call Communication
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, List Phrases in Order, Comparing Calls
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Phrases, Terms, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Say, Tell, Talk, Ask
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:48
Topics: Phone Call Communication Tips
Learn what to do and what not to do in three example phone calls from an experienced and unexperienced secretary, in addition to a call from a sales manager who leaves a voicemail for his customer.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

The Basics of Making Motions & Voting in Meetings

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about making motions and taking votes in meetings. It includes discussion questions and activities about making motions, Robert's Rules of Order, and voting. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on using present continuous in the passive. In the cooperation activity, students can create two motions and then practice agreeing and disagreeing.
Speaking:
Making Motions, Taking Votes
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Continuous in the Passive
Cooperation:
Making Motions and Agreeing / Disagreeing
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:16
Topics: Making Motions, Parliamentary Procedure
Learn all about how a board of directors discusses and votes on important company issues through the parliamentary procedure.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Negotiation Tutorial: Reviewing the Offer

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle a new job offer. It includes discussion questions and activities about different types of negotiations and conversation activities about job offers. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to job offers. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on question formation with auxiliary verbs. In the cooperation activity, students can put together a response to a job offer.
Speaking:
Types of Negotiation, Job Offers, Clarifying
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Adjectives + Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions Using Auxiliary Verbs
Cooperation:
Responding to a Job Offer, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:35
Topics: Job Offers, Negotiations
This tutorial is presented by lynda.com, author Valerie Sutton. This video shows you how to best respond to a job offer and what kinds of things you should be thinking about and asking with an offer in front of you.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Sales Proposal Structure

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to structure a sales proposal. It includes discussion questions and activities about accepting offers, counter proposals, and the sales process. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to proposal structure. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on how to use 'get + someone + doing something.' In the cooperation activity, students can do an activity on making a sales proposal.
Speaking:
Proposals, Accepting an Offer, Counter Proposal
Viewing:
Parts of the Proposal Structure, Description, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Get + Someone + [Doing] Something
Cooperation:
Sales Proposal Structure, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:39
Topics: Sales Proposal Structure
Greg Donlan shares some tips on how to improve your sales proposal structure and move the deal forward with your prospective client or customer.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Negotiation Skills: SMART Objectives

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to set SMART objectives in a 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 indefinite and definite articles. In the cooperation activity, students can create SMART objectives.
Speaking:
Setting Objectives, Getting to Know Your Customers / Suppliers
Viewing:
Short Answers, Acronym Matching
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives, Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Indefinite / Definite Articles
Cooperation:
Setting SMART Objectives, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:56
Topics: Negotiations & Setting Objectives
Get to know what are some of the essential components to ensuring an effective negotiation and how to set objectives.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

How to Run a Successful Business Meeting

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to run a successful business meeting. It includes discussion questions and an email writing activity about invitations to meetings and changing agendas. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to successful meetings. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on how to use as + adjective / adverb + as. In the cooperation activity, students can create an agenda for a negotiation, write an invitation to it, and make changes to the agenda.
Speaking:
Invitations to Meetings, Agenda Changes
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases, CCQ & Multiple Choice
Grammar:
As + Adjective / Adverb + As
Cooperation:
Negotiation Agendas & Writing Invitations, Quiz & Review Activity
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 4:03
Topics: Principles of Successful Meetings
A summary of six solid principles you can follow to ensure you have an effective meeting.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Bold Office Tour

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about an office tour at Bold. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices and how to welcome people. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on prepositions and giving directions in the office. In the cooperation activity, students can work together on a quiz & review about the video.
Speaking:
Office Tour, Welcoming Visitors to the Office
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases, CCQ Multiple Choice, Image Matching
Grammar:
Prepositions & Giving Directions in the Office
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Tour / Professional / Business
Length of video: 4:34
Topics: Office Tour, Office Visits
Sara, from the company 'Bold' gives you a tour of their fun office and shows off all of the perks of working there. Beer on tap in the office? Foosball? Massage chairs? Who wouldn't want to work here?!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Ask Good Questions in Conversations

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about asking good questions in conversations to keep them going and get to know someone. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about communication skills. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on questions in the present perfect, present perfect continuous, and past simple. In the cooperation activity, students can do some role play dialogues and practice getting to know a stranger.
Speaking:
Conversation & Communication Skills, Meeting New People
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases, CCQ Multiple Choice, Nouns
Grammar:
Questions in Present Perfect / Continuous & Past Simple
Cooperation:
Role Play Conversations
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:47
Topics: Communication & Conversation Skills
With Communication Coach Alex Lyon, you can learn all about how to improve your conversation skills and ask good questions in conversations. The secret is to keep the other person talking with good follow-up questions after a series of easy questions.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

5 Tips for Small Talk

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about tips for small talk. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about small talk. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. Students also do some activities using the important expressions and phrases they learned from the video. For grammar, students do an activity on making questions. In the cooperation activity, students can do an example role play dialogue of a small-talk conversation using images.
Speaking:
Small Talk, Company Culture
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases, Dialogue
Grammar:
Making Questions
Cooperation:
Small Talk Dialogue
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 4:47
Topics: Small Talk
Michael Shehane from Lighthouse Communication's shares 5 great tips to help you develop your small talk skills and make connections.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Business Lunch Etiquette

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about business lunch etiquette. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about eating out for business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions of place and movement. In the cooperation activity, students can do two role play dialogues - with a restaurant staff and small talk with a business contact.
Speaking:
Business Lunch Etiquette, Dining & Eating Out Phrases
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Image Matching, Phrases
Grammar:
Prepositions of Place & Movement
Cooperation:
Role Play Dialogue, Small Talk Conversation
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:06
Topics: Business Lunch, Eating Out
If you're meeting an important business client, partner, or boss for lunch, Miss S. Grace helps you out with some tips and pointers to make you look professional.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Eating Frog in Singapore! Would you try this?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a man who checks out a frog street food stand in Singapore. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Asian food, street food, and unique cultural foods. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on past simple and present perfect. In the cooperation activity, students can create a food stand concept, write a review, or do a writing exercise.
Speaking:
Unique Cultural Foods, Street & Asian Food, Food Adjectives
Viewing:
Short Answers, Put Events in Order
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases, Image Matching
Grammar:
Past Simple & Present Perfect
Cooperation:
Street Food Concept, Write a Review, Food Tour
Type of video: Food & Travel Tour
Length of video: 3:11
Topics: Street Foods, Asian Food
The 'Food Ranger' checks out a street food stand in downtown Singapore that sells frog dishes! Would you try frog after watching him describe his mind-blowing experience?
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+