Lessons

Intermediate

You Can Live Without Producing Trash

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teenagers, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a girl who lives a zero-waste lifestyle. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and zero-waste. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on question formation in the past simple. In the cooperation activity, students can do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Image Matching, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions in Past Simple (W/H Questions)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 4:37
Topics: Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
A girl who studied environmental sciences at NYU realized she was a hypocrite when she opened her fridge one day and noticed that everything was pacakged in plastic. This inspired her to pursue a zero-waste lifestyle. Just how hard is it?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Will Smith Tries Online Dating with Sophia the Robot

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a date Will Smith has with Sophia, the humanoid robot. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about artificial intelligence, robots, & dating. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the present perfect simple / continuous. In the cooperation activity students can write a letter or do a short role play 'from the future.'
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs / Phrasal Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Writing a Letter, Role Play 'from the future'
Type of video: Interview / Comedy
Length of video: 4:31
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Will Smith seems to have a special attraction to Sophia the humanoid robot, so much that he takes her on a romantic date to the Cayman Islands. Things get awkward when wine, jokes, and the atmosphere of the island air get to Will Smith's head, and he decides to go in for the kiss. See how Sofia reacts.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

The Toronto Raptors Superfan

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a comprehension exercise about a 'Superfan' for the Toronto Raptors. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sports fandom. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the past simple / past continuous. There is also a quiz & review, and a bonus writing activity.
Speaking:
Sports Fandom
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Past Simple / Past Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Writing Exercise
Type of video: Short Documentary Story
Length of video: 2:21
Topics: Sports Fandom, 'Superfan'
Nav Bhatia, who is considered a true 'Superfan' has never missed a game of The Toronto Raptors. After moving from India to settle in Toronto, this guy is now a courtside legend, inspiring fans around the world with the mission of building community through basketball.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+.

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+

New York City Vacation Travel Guide

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about traveling to New York City. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about New York City. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on the difference between 'it's' and 'its.' There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
New York City Travel, Facts, and Trivia
Viewing:
Numbers, Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Quotes, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'it's' and 'its'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, Questions for New Yorkers
Type of video: Travel Guide
Length of video: 6:00
Topics: New York City Travel Guide
New York City has been shaped by immigrants and colonists, and it's now considered the melting pot of America. Home to over 8 million people and hosting over 50 million visitors per year, New York City is full of fun, skyscrapers, art, and culture.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Amsterdam Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about traveling to Amsterdam. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Amsterdam. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on using so + adjective / adverb + that. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Amsterdam Travel, Facts, and Trivia
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use so + [adjective / adverb] + that
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, Amsterdam Travel Itinerary
Type of video: Travel Guide
Length of video: 5:19
Topics: Amsterdam Travel Guide
Amsterdam is the largest city in The Netherlands, also known as Holland. The fun-loving Dutch welcome 3.5 million tourists a year, making Amsterdam one of the top destinations in Europe.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Causes and Effects of Climate Change | National Geographic

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the causes and effects of climate change. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about climate, pollution, greenhouse gases, and climate change. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on present perfect to express change. In the cooperation activity students can do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Climate Change, Global Warming, Climate Conditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Verb + Noun Combinations, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect (Expressing change)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:04
Topics: Climate Change
What causes climate change (also known as global warming)? And what are the effects of climate change? Learn the human impact and consequences of climate change for the environment, and our lives.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Living Off the Grid in Paradise

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about what it's like to live off the Grid in New Zealand. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about lifestyles and living in the wilderness. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on "if it wasn't for" in the second conditional. In the cooperation activity students can make a summary and do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Living off the grid, Lifestyles
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
"if it wasn't for..." in the second conditional
Cooperation:
Summary, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story / Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:41
Topics: Living off the grid, Wilderness, Lifestyles
Warrick Mitchell shows you his way of life in Fiordland, New Zealand, which is home to only a few dozen people. Life here can be challenging, but rewarding, in this beautiful corner of New Zealand.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

What will SpaceX do when they get to Mars?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about SpaceX and Mars. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Mars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on conjunctions. In the cooperation activity students can make a summary and do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Mars
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Summary, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 5:02
Topics: Mars, Space Exploration
With SpaceX aiming to send the first humans to Mars in 2024, they will need to set up the essentials like water and power before they get there. This video looks at what the first Martian base might look like and how the astronauts will get their food on Mars.
*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+