Lessons

Fun & Entertainment - Intermediate

JOKER Official Trailer (2019)

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a trailer and do a listening exercise for the new 'Joker' film coming out in October 2019. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Batman, the Joker, and villains. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the trailer. The grammar exercise features subject + used to + verb. There is also a fun 'Interview' section, a quiz & review, and a bonus writing activity.
Speaking:
Batman, The Joker, Villains, Special Interview
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Subject + used to + verb
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Writing Exercise
Type of video: Movie Trailer
Length of video: 2:41
Topics: The Joker film
JOKER Official Trailer (2019) Joaquin Phoenix, DC Movie HD
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+. Viewer discretion is advised due to graphic imagery.

Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a trailer and do a listening exercise for the HBO hit series 'Chernobyl'. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear energy, and radiation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the trailer. The grammar exercise features how to use nothing, anything, no and any. There is also a Chernobyl 'Extra Facts' section, a quiz & review, and two bonus activities.
Speaking:
Chernobyl, Nuclear Energy, Radiation
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, How to Use 'In terms of,' Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Nothing, Anything, No, and Any
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Movie Trailer
Length of video: 2:38
Topics: Chernobyl, Nuclear Disaster
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+. Viewer discretion is advised due to graphic imagery.

Pulp Fiction | ‘Royale With Cheese’

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a clip and do a listening exercise from a scene in Pulp Fiction, which is a famous film from Quentin Tarantino. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the American and European cultural differences and Tarantino's films. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, phrases, and do a slang exercise from the video using the word 'ain't.' There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
American & European Culture, Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Slang Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'Ain't'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Movie Scene
Length of video: 2:31
Topics: Pulp Fiction, 'Royale With Cheese'
Vincent (John Travolta) tells Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) about the little differences regarding life in Europe.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Pulp Fiction | ‘Big Kahuna Burger’

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a clip and do a listening exercise from a scene in Pulp Fiction, which is a famous film from Quentin Tarantino. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the 'Quarter Pounder' burger and a "nutritious breakfast." Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, phrases, and do a pronunciation exercise from the video. The grammar exercise features question tags. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Nutritious Breakfast, Phrases, Pronunciation
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Question Tags
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Movie Scene
Length of video: 4:10
Topics: Pulp Fiction, 'Big Kahuna Burger'
Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Brett (Frank Whaley) share a friendly breakfast of Big Kahuna Burgers.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Phoebe's First Bike

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about Phoebe, from the TV series 'Friends' getting her first bike as a gift from Ross. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about giving gifts and bicycle riding. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms from the video, and how to use the phrase 'by the time' and 'be about to + verb.' The grammar exercise features the past modal verb - might + have + past participle. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Gifts, Bicycles
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Multiple Choice, By the time, Be about to + verb
Grammar:
Past Modal - Might + Have + Past Participle
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:56
Topics: Gifts, Bicycle Riding
Ross gets Phoebe her first bicycle ever as a gift. Phoebe forgets to tell her friends that she doesn't know how to ride a bike!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Ross' Problem With Clothes and a Failed Date

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about Ross, from the TV series 'Friends' going shopping for some clothes for his date. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about fashion and clothing. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms from the video. The grammar features modal verbs. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Fashion & Clothing
Viewing:
Short Answer, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs & Phrasal Verbs, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Modal Verbs
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:35
Topics: Fashion & Shopping
Ross has a date, and he has to look cool. Rachel and Phoebe invite him to come clothing shopping with them. Ross ends up with Rachel's shopping bag and wear the same sweater as his date!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Men's Brains and Women's Brains with Mark Gungor

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video on a stand-up comedy performance about the difference between men's brains and women's brains. It includes discussion and conversation activities about gender differences, stand-up comedy, and how to use the verb 'tend'. 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 exercises on the first conditional. There is also a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Gender Differences, Stand-up Comedy
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Verbs, Adjectives, Context Usage
Grammar:
First Conditional
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Stand-up Comedy
Length of video: 5:09
Topics: Men's Brains & Women's Brains
Mark Gungor, a comedian, demonstrates the differences between how men's brains and women's brains work and how they're very different from each other. Definitely worth a good laugh.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Tom Morello: Guitar MasterClass

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about Tom Morello, the lead guitarist for Rage Against the Machine. It includes discussion and conversation activities about music and musical instruments. 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 exercises on even if. There is also a section on the benefits of playing a musical instrument and a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Music, Rock and Roll, Musical Instruements
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'even if'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: MasterClass Promotional Video
Length of video: 2:44
Topics: Guitar
Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine gives you a sneak peek of what his MasterClass will be like. Create a lifetime of awesome rocking with him!
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Friends: Katie, the Girl Who Hits Joey

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip from the TV series 'Friends' with Joey and his new girlfriend. It includes students discussion and conversation activities about dating and friendship. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on present continuous and 'gonna.' In the cooperation activity, students do a dialouge.
Speaking:
Dating, Relationships, Couple
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Concept Check Questions
Grammar:
Present Continuous vs 'Gonna' (Going to)
Cooperation:
Creating a Dialogue
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:27
Topics: Dating, Relationships, Couples
Joey has a new girlfriend - a really sweet, fun girl. But one problem - she punches him in a playful but excessive way. Should Joey break up with her? Rachel takes care of it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.

How to organize a music festival like Tomorrowland

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about an electronic musical festival called Tomorrowland. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music festivals. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features word position / word order. In the cooperation activity students can organize an event.
Speaking:
Music Festivals, Tomorrowland
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Number Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Adverbs
Grammar:
Word Position / Word Order
Cooperation:
Organizing an Event
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 5:33
Topics: Music Festivals, Tomorrowland
A CNN reporter explores the wild and luxurious atmosphere of Tomorrowland, one of Europe's largest music festivals. From the 'cave stage' to 'Dreamville', Tomorrowland offers it's guests a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+

Puppyhood

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a guy who finds and falls in love with a puppy. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about dogs and pets. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features modal verbs. In the cooperation activity students can create a story or think from the perspective of a puppy.
Speaking:
Dogs, Pets, Puppies
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Extra 'Dog' Vocabulary
Grammar:
Modal Verbs
Cooperation:
Creating a Story, Thinking from a puppy's perspective
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 3:34
Topics: Dogs, Puppies, Pets
What does life look like with a new puppy? This guy finds and falls in love with a puppy in a heartbeat, picks him up, takes him home and begins his new life in 'Puppyhood.' We all talk to our puppies and pets - but (hopefully) not like this guy.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

"It's a-me, Mario!" - Voice Actor for Mario

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a short sci-fi film and do a listening exercise about the guy who does the voice for Super Mario. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Super Mario, video games, and voice acting. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature past simple vs present perfect and used to + base verb. In the cooperation activity students create quotes, write fan-mail, or create a plot concept.
Speaking:
Super Mario, Voice Acting, Video Games
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Past Simple vs Present Perfect / Used to + base verb
Cooperation:
Creating Quotes, Writing Fan-Mail, Creating a Plot Concept
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 3:05
Topics: Super Mario, Voice Acting, Video Games
“Lets-a go!” “Mamma Mia!” Some people recognize this voice immediately, as countless hours have been spent adventuring inside the world of Super Mario for Nintendo. Meet the guy with the legendary voice of Mario and how he got the gig in the first place.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Smoothini: Magician on America’s Got Talent

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Smoothini' - a bar magician performing on America's Got Talent. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about magic, magicians, and performances. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature question formation in the present continuous, present perfect continuous, and pronunciation. In the cooperation activity students can be judges, make plans, or do a role-play.
Speaking:
Magic, Magicians, Performances
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Matching Sentences, Mark What You See
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions (Present Continuous), Present Perfect Continuous, Pronunciation
Cooperation:
Judging, Making Plans, Role-play
Type of video: Entertaining Performance
Length of video: 3:36
Topics: Magic, Performance
Smoothini describes himself as ‘The Ghetto Houdini”. A charming guy who was formerly in the marines but now does magic full-time to support his son. Watch him go on the big stage on America's Got Talent and blow people’s minds with his simple ‘bar’ magic.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Straight Outta Compton: Inside Look

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the film 'Straight Outta Compton' and 1990's rap music. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music and rap. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the passive voice and informal contractions. In the cooperation activity students can create a group profile, or do research + a presentation.
Speaking:
Music, Rap
Viewing:
True / False, Multiple Choice, Matching Sentences, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice / Informal Contractions (outta, gonna, gotta, wanna)
Cooperation:
Creating a Group Profile, Doing Research + a Presentation.
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:06
Topics: Music, Rap
The pioneers of gangster rap, Ice Cube and NWA express what life was like in Compton, California through controversial lyrics in the early 1990’s. The reporters ask Ice Cube and his son how they would compare life today in Compton.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.

Meet The Man Who Beat PacMan

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the first man to beat the video game Pacman. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about old video games and Pacman. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature past simple (irregular verbs), parts of speech, and a correlative conjunction. In the cooperation activity students can create facts, nicknames, records, or give a speech.
Speaking:
Video Games, Pacman
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers, Finish the Sentences, Match Phrases
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Past Simple (Irregular verbs) / Parts of Speech / Not only...but
Cooperation:
Creating Facts, Nicknames, Records, Giving a Speech
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:36
Topics: Video Games, Pacman
With nothing but cockiness and confidence, Billy Mitchell achieved perfection in one of the most iconic video games of all time, Pacman. Not even the designer of the game conceived this to be possible. See what happens when Billy reaches the end.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+