Lessons

Fun & Entertainment

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+

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+

Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend

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.
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
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+

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+

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+

"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+

The Singing Trump: Trump Impersonator on America’s Got Talent

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video 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 state / action verbs, and how to use 'be going to' in the future. In the cooperation activity students can make news report question, or give a public statement.
Speaking:
Donald Trump, Impersonation, Performances
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choosing Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrases, Expressions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Gonna & Going to / Difference between state and action verbs
Cooperation:
News Report Questions, Giving 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.