Lessons

Fun & Entertainment - Upper-Intermediate

Friends: Ross and Rachel's Blind Date

Speaking:
Dating, Blind Dates, Relationships
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions
Grammar:
Modal Verbs
Cooperation:
Creating a Dating Situation
In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip with Ross and Rachel, each on their own blind date. 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 modal verbs. In the cooperation activity, students create a dating situation of their own.
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:51
Topics: Dating, Relationships, Blind Dates
Rachel and Ross each go on their own blind date. Ross' date doesn't show up, but at least he gets a free appetizer on the house, while Rachel goes on a date with the most confident man in the world.
*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.

The Singing Trump: Trump Impersonator on America’s

Speaking:
Donald Trump, Impersonation, Performances
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choosing Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions
Grammar:
Gonna & Going to / Difference between state and action verbs
Cooperation:
Judging, Dialogue, Giving a Public Statement, News Report
In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a singing Donald Trump impersonator. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Donald Trump and performances. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature gonna / going to, and state / action verbs. In the cooperation activity students can be judges, do a dialogue, a news report, or give a public statement.
Type of video: Comedy Performance
Length of video: 5:32
Topics: Donald Trump, Performances
This guy is just a riot. Guaranteed to make your students crack up and just an overall great and funny experience to do in the classroom. This Trump impersonator gets crazy on stage in front of millions on an unforgettable America's Got Talent performance.
*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

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
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.
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+

Straight Outta Compton: Inside Look

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.
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.
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.

Smoothini: Magician on America’s Got Talent

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
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.
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+

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

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
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.
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+

Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend

Speaking:
Dogs, Pets
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Extra 'Dog' Vocabulary
Grammar:
Word Position / Word Order
Cooperation:
Making a Commercial Script
In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how dogs view humans, from a dog's perspective. 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 word position / word order. In the cooperation activity students can make a script for a new commercial.
Type of video: Product Commerical
Length of video: 2:17
Topics: Dogs, Pets
You know how the saying goes - 'Dogs are man's best friend.' But does this hold true the other way around? Find out from the perspective and thoughts of a dog with your students. Apparently humans overcomplicate everything!
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Tomorrowland - A Premium Music Festival Experience

Speaking:
Music Festivals, Tomorrowland
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Number Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Compound Adjectives
Grammar:
Review of Tenses
Cooperation:
Organizing an Event, Writing a Review, Describing an Experience
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 a review of tenses. In the cooperation activity students can organize an event, write a review, or describe an experience.
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 4:05
Topics: Music Festivals, Tomorrowland
This video shows you what a premium music festival looks like. It'll blow your mind what luxuries, amenities, products, and services you can find at Europe's largest electronic dance music festival.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+