Lessons

Fun & Entertainment - Pre-Intermediate

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+

iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about Apple Pay and how it works. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about credit cards, cash, smart phones, and technology. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions. In the cooperation activity, students can tell a story, write about experiences, or discuss smart phone features.
Speaking:
Payments, Smart phones, Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions & Matching, Context Usage, Images
Grammar:
Prepositions - By, After, Within
Cooperation:
Tell a Story, Write about an Experience, Discussion on Smart Phones
Type of video: Product Commercial
Length of video: 1:14
Topics: Payments, Smart Phones, Technology
This product commercial from Apple shows you what exactly Apple Pay is all about and how it works.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

What are you looking for for Christmas? English for Beginners.

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a grandpa learning English to be able to speak English with his granddaughter who he meets for the first time. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Christmas, learning English, and gifts. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the the verb 'to be' in the present / past simple. In the cooperation activity, students write Christmas cards and tell stories.
Speaking:
Christmas, Gifts, English
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Yes / No Sentences, Finish Sentences
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching
Grammar:
Verb (to be) - Present and Past Simple
Cooperation:
Writing Christmas Cards, Story Telling
Type of video: Short Story / Commercial
Length of video: 2:59
Topics: Christmas, Gifts, Learning English
A grandpa orders a book and audio training for English for Beginners - so that he's able to speak English with his granddaughter who he will meet for the first time during the holidays. A sweet, teary-eyed short story that shows the bright side of Christmas spirit and value of family.
*Most suitable for beginners - pre-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Santa Claus is Real

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the "real" Santa Claus who legally changed his name to - yes - Santa Claus. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Christmas and Santa. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between say and tell. In the cooperation activity, there are options to create a conversation or interview.
Speaking:
Christmas, Santa Claus
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Activity
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Difference Between Say & Tell
Cooperation:
Creating Conversation, Creating an Interview
Type of video: Cinematic Story / Interview
Length of video: 2:04
Topics: Christmas / Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus does exist - and he lives in Long Island, not the North Pole! But as you'll see, he's not your traditional Santa and has his own unique personality. His name on his driver's license actually reads 'Santa Claus.' What do you think his wife thinks about this?
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Friends: Joey and the Turkey

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip about Joey getting a Thanksgiving turkey stuck on his head. It features discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, Thanksgiving, and turkey. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar activity features the future tense with 'gonna.' In the cooperation activity, there are options for story-telling, creating TV scenes, or leaving a voice-mail.
Speaking:
Thanksgiving, Turkey
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Going to / 'Gonna'
Cooperation:
Creating a new TV scene, Leaving a Voice-Mail, Story-telling
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 1:56
Topics: Thanksgiving, Funny Situations
Joey gets a Thanksgiving turkey stuck on his head when he wants to scare Chandler. He succeeds in the end, but not in the original way he planned.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video clip about population through a demonstration using glasses of water. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and overpopulation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features comparative adjectives. In the cooperation activity, students can do time travel activity, discuss other global issues, and create news reports.
Speaking:
Overpopulation, Global Issues
Viewing:
True / False, Number Matching, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Comparative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Time Travel, Discussing Global Issues, News Reports
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:33
Topics: Population, Global Issues
Get an overview of how population is growing and what we can expect for the future. A demonstration done using glasses of water and birth rates and death rates.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Friends: Joey Doesn't Share Food!

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip from the TV series 'Friends' with Joey on a date with a girl. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about first dates, dating, and restaurant culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on past continuous. In the cooperation activity, students talk more about first dates and create their own dating situations.
Speaking:
Dating, First Dates, Restaurant Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images
Grammar:
Past Continuous
Cooperation:
Discussing Date Ideas
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:48
Topics: Dating, First Dates, Restaurant Culture
Joey goes on a date with a girl, but we all know Joey doesn't share food. When she takes his fries, Joey can't handle it. He pays her back by eating all of her chocolate cake when she steps away for a call. And he's not even sorry.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Where to eat the best pizza in Rome

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about pizza in Rome, Italy. Your students can do discussion questions and conversation activities about pizza, Italy, and cooking, and learn some important vocabulary terms related to pizza. For grammar, students learn and do an activity on prepositions of place. In the cooperation activity students can make a review and use their new pizza-related vocabulary terms.
Speaking:
Pizza, Italy, Cuisine
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Extra pizza-related vocabulary
Grammar:
Prepositions of Place
Cooperation:
Making a Review Using New Pizza-Related Vocabulary
Type of video: Documentary
Length of video: 2:46
Topics: Pizza, Italy, Culture
This video explores takes you on a tour of the tastiest pizza scene and family-run 'forno's' in Rome, Italy.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Learning About Hurricanes

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the basics of hurricanes. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about natural disasters and hurricanes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features superlative adjectives. In the cooperation activity students create a public statement.
Speaking:
Hurricanes, Natural Disasters
Viewing:
Number Matching, Fill-in-the-Blanks, Sentence Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Synonyms, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Superlative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Creating a Public Statement
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 2:17
Topics: Hurricanes, Natural Disasters
A short and simple video about the basics of hurricanes. Teach your students how they are formed, the most essential vocabulary terms associated with them, while also discussing how to prepare for hurricanes and what the impacts of them can be.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Nike: Meet the Runners – Eliud Kipchoge

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a marathon runner trying to be the first to run a marathon under 2 hours. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about running, marathons, and memorable moments in sports history. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features no / any (negative sentences). In the cooperation activity students can create story scripts.
Speaking:
Running, Sports Moments
Viewing:
True / False, Matching Sentences, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
No / Any (Expressing Negatives)
Cooperation:
Creating Stories Script
Type of video: Running / Inspirational / Positive Attitude
Length of video: 1:22
Topics: Running, Motivation, Inspiration
Meet a runner from the Nike team who aspires to become the first one to ever run a marathon in under 2 hours. Find out what his secret to success is.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a blind man who gets behind the wheel of a self-driving car. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about self-driving cars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features the superlative + present perfect. In the cooperation activity students can create their own documentary scene.
Speaking:
Self-Driving Cars, Technology
Viewing:
Matching Sentences, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Road-related Vocabulary
Grammar:
Superlative + Present Perfect
Cooperation:
Creating a Documentary Scene
Type of video: Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:01
Topics: Self-Driving Cars, Technology
Hop in a self-driving Google car with Steve Mahan, a blind man who gets to enjoy the luxury of riding in a self-driving car as a "driver." This is what the future of automobive transportation holds for society.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Dreamville at 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 countable & uncountable nouns. In the cooperation activity students can organize an event, make a complaint, or describe a performance.
Speaking:
Music Festivals, Tomorrowland
Viewing:
Short Answers, Mark What You See, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Extra 'Music Festival' Vocabulary
Grammar:
Countable & Uncountable Nouns
Cooperation:
Organizing an Event, Making a Complaint, Describing a Performance
Type of video: Interview / News Report
Length of video: 1:54
Topics: Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Dreamville
Tomorrowland is a huge music festival in Belgium. In this video, you get to hear from one of the event organizers about what it takes to set everything up and see what kind of people visit the event.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

Cute Surfing Dogs!

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a dog-surfing event. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about dogs and pets. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features the present perfect continuous. In the cooperation activity students can give a speech, have a call, or 'speak' from a dog's point of view.
Speaking:
Dogs, Pets, Events
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Extra 'Dog' Vocabulary
Grammar:
Present Perfect Continuous
Cooperation:
Giving a Speech, Having a Call, 'Speaking' from a dog's point of view
Type of video: News Report / Interviews
Length of video: 3:14
Topics: Dogs, Surfing, Events
Welcome to the 7th annual 'Dog Surfathon' which is a fun event designed for all different breeds but who have one thing in common - they are surfing dogs! A fun video watching dogs chillin' on their surfboards and riding waves.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+