Lessons

Fun & Entertainment - Upper-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+

Handling Customer Complaints: Defusing Frustration

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle customer complaints on the phone. It includes discussion questions and activities about customer service, and making & handling complaints. 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 an exercise on using gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Customer Complaints, Customer Service
Viewing:
Short Answers, List the Events in Order, Fill in the Letters
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Terms, Phrases, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Using Gerunds
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Customer Complaints & Customer Service
An instructional video from Skillsoft about handling customer complaints, implementing effective customer service techniques, and how to deal with angry customers.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Negotiation Deadlocks

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about negotiation deadlocks. It includes discussion questions and activities about deadlocks and how to resolve them. 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 present perfect + yet, still, and already. In the cooperation activity, students can resolve a negotiation deadlock related to their professional life.
Speaking:
Resolving Deadlocks
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect + Yet, Still, Already
Cooperation:
Resolving a Deadlock, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Negotiation Deadlocks
Simon Horton, an international negotiations coach, explains his three most valuable tips for resolving negotiation deadlocks.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 Steps for Achieving a Win-Win Negotiation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to achieve a win-win 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 'neither' and 'whether.' In the cooperation activity, students can do an activity on how to achieve a win-win negotiation.
Speaking:
Negotiations, What Makes a Successful Negotiator
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers & Step Outline
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives + Nouns, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to use 'neither' and 'whether'
Cooperation:
How to Achieve a Win-Win Negotiation, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:07
Topics: Negotiations & Achieving a Win-Win
Mindtools Learning Series digs into negotiations and explains what the main steps are in order to ensure a win-win negotiation.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 of the Best Street Food Finds in London

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about street food in London. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about making food, London, and street food. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. In the cooperation activity, students can create their own street food concept and talk about how to make a signature dish.
Speaking:
Making Food, London, Flavor & Texture
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases
Grammar:
Phrases
Cooperation:
Street Food Concept, How to Make a Signature Dish
Type of video: Food & Travel Tour
Length of video: 5:45
Topics: Street Foods, London
Explore and discover the best spots in London for street food across a variety of different cultures.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

BBC - Using Graphs

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about different kinds of graphs and examples of what kind of data they present. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about describing and explaining graphs. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use tenses when explaining graphs. In the cooperation activity, students create a graph and describe it.
Speaking:
Different Kinds of Graphs, Describing Graphs
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives & Verbs for Describing Graphs
Grammar:
How to use the tenses to describe graphs
Cooperation:
Creating and Explaining Graphs
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:20
Topics: Different Kinds of Graphs
Sometimes it feels like we are under attack from numbers, and this video shows you how you can transform these numbers into something useful with the help of graphs. Learn about which graphs are best to use with different kinds of data. While you may have never thought that graphs could be exciting, this man will prove you wrong!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

How to End a Call or Visit Gracefully

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to end a call, conversation, or visit gracefully. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about reacting to proposals and ending phone calls. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on reported speech with say and tell. In the cooperation activity, students do a role play for ending a call.
Speaking:
Reacting to Proposals, Ending Phone Calls
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs, CCQ
Grammar:
Reported Speech: Say and Tell
Cooperation:
Role Play - Ending a Phone Call
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 4:04
Topics: Ending a Phone Call
Don Crawley explains why it can sometimes be difficult to end a conversation without being offensive, and shares some tips on how to approach ending a call or a visit with someone who talks a lot.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Chairing a Meeting

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video of an example corporate meeting. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about agreeing and disagreeing, starting a meeting, and expressing opinions. 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. In the cooperation activity, students can do an example role play of a meeting, agreeing, disagreeing, and expressing opinions.
Speaking:
Agreeing, Disagreeing, Expressing Opinions at Meetings
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases and Expressions
Grammar:
Transforming Phrases
Cooperation:
Role Play Meeting - Agreeing, Disagreeing, Expressing Opinions
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 6:10
Topics: Example Meeting
An educational video about a meeting between department directors about some important agenda issues.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Explore Big White Ski Resort

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Big White ski resort in Canada. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing, ski resorts, and winter holidays. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on conjunctions. In the cooperation activity, students can create a guide, make a review, or create a promotional video outline.
Speaking:
Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching
Grammar:
Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Create a Guide, Make a Review, Create a Promotional Video
Type of video: Interview / Promotional
Length of video: 3:49
Topics: Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Explore Big White ski resort in Canada and what makes this resort stand out from all the others.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

How to Close a Sale - 5 Reasons Clients Don't Buy - M.T. N.U.T.

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some tips on how to make sales. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sales and business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adjectives / verbs + prepositions + gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on a creative acronym building activity.
Speaking:
Sales, Business Skills
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Matching, Context Usage, Sentences, Questions
Grammar:
Adjectives / Verbs + Prepositions + Gerund
Cooperation:
Creative Acronym Building
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 5:03
Topics: Sales, Business Skills
Learn how to close sales more effectively with a simple acronym.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to manage negotiation situations and approach them as collaborative relationships. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about negotiating and business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on parellelism and conjunctions. In the cooperation activity, students can work on email negotiations or do a verbal role play negotiation.
Speaking:
Negotiations, Business Skills
Viewing:
Short Answers, Questions, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Adjectives
Grammar:
Parallelism & Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Email Negotiations, Role Play Negotiation
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 2:45
Topics: Negotiations, Business Skills
Learning how to become a skilled negotiator can be a challenge. This video gives you some useful insight into approaching negotiations as a collaborative challenge rathen than a combative argument.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

Introducing the new MacBook Air — Apple

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the MacBook Air. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about laptops, computers, and tech devices. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on comparisons (as...as) + present perfect. In the cooperation activity, students can write a review about a product or have a conversation about technology.
Speaking:
Laptops, Desktops, Tech Devices
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Images, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Comparisons (as...as) + Present Perfect
Cooperation:
Write a Script for a Review, Conversation about Technology
Type of video: Product Commercial
Length of video: 2:28
Topics: Laptops, Desktops, Tech Devices
This product commercial from Apple shows you the MacBook Air and describes all of its features.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Born Without Arms: Inspirational Mother & Son

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a mother and her son who were born without arms, but learned how to live a normal life despite their circumstances. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about disabilities, life challenges, and surgery Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between despite and even though. In the cooperation activity, students can plan a non-profit organization, tell a story, or talk about life goals.
Speaking:
Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery, Positive Mental Attitude
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Difference - Despite / Even though
Cooperation:
Non-Profit Organization, Telling a Story, Making Goals
Type of video: Interview / Short Documentary
Length of video: 2:58
Topics: Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery
A mother and her son were born with a rare condition that left them without arms, but it doesn't stop them from living a normal life or feeling any different than other people.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+