Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture

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+

The Inspirational Story Of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a teenager who was born with a deformed leg and without fingers, but used positive mental attitude to be grateful for what he has instead of what he doesn't have. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about disabilities, life challenges, surgery, and physical therapy. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adjectives prepositions with discussion. In the cooperation activity, students make quotes, prepare questions, or a special guide.
Speaking:
Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery, Physical Therapy
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Prepositions + Discucssion
Cooperation:
Making Quotes, Preparing Questions, Making a Guide
Type of video: Interview / Short Story
Length of video: 4:27
Topics: Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery, Physical Therapy, Sports
A teenager who was born without a deformed arm and leg turned his disability into a gift, excelling at sports and learning techniques how to burn away any negative thoughts, as well as how to fit in within social groups. He counts his blessings and grateful for the things he has in life.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Building a Prosthetic Arm With Lego

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a teenager who was born without an arm, but his obsession with legos inspried him to build his own arm out of legos. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about disabilities, legos, and gifted people. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adjectives ending in -ed or -ing. In the cooperation activity, students do a writing activity or present a speech on positive mental attitude.
Speaking:
Disabilities, Gifted People, Toys, Inventions
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Adjectives ending in -ed or -ing
Cooperation:
Writing a Letter, Presenting a Speech
Type of video: Short Story
Length of video: 2:40
Topics: Disabilities, Toys, Inventions
A teenager who was born without an arm turned his disability into a gift, and built an arm made out of his favorite toy - legos. Growing up, he was obsessed with legos, and now has built multiple 'versions' of his own, functional lego arm.
*Most suitable for 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+

The Harvard of Santa Schools

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about an actual school where you can train to bcome Santa Claus. It's known as the 'Harvard of Santa Schools.' 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 grammatical structure "subject + better + verb." In the cooperation activity, there are options to create tweets on Twitter, give a speech, or tell stories in a conversation.
Speaking:
Christmas, Santa Claus
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Choosing Correct Word, Extra Santa Vocab
Grammar:
Subject + better + verb
Cooperation:
Creating Tweets on Twitter, Giving a Speech, Telling Stories
Type of video: Cinematic Story / Report
Length of video: 3:15
Topics: Christmas / Santa Claus
There's a school that exists in Michigan where you can actually train to become Santa Claus - known as the 'Harvard of Santa Schools.' Fly a sleigh, ride the Polar Express, maintain a nice-looking beard, and even learn some cool outdoorsman Santa-ish dance moves. And it's all an actual thing.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper 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+

Diageo's Singapore Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Diageo (a liquor / spirits production company) office in Singapore, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on choosing collocations, prepositions, and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Collocations / Prepositions / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour, News Report
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Diageo's office in Singapore has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on a quniue reception area, hotdesking, collaborative working spaces, giving employees special access to the million dollar Johnnie Walker room, as well as a bar with a beautiful view.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

Coca-Cola’s London Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Coca Cola office in London, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on choosing tenses and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Tenses / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour, News Report
Length of video: 2:57
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Coca Cola's office in London has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on advertising their heritage, providing good food options, giving employees special benefits, as well as a beautiful terrace, an orchard, and an overall positive company culture.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

AirBnB’s Singapore Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Airbnb office in Singapore, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Prepositions / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour, News Report
Length of video: 3:54
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Airbnb's office in Singapore has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on good food and positive company culture, while also giving employees independence and fun activity and conference rooms.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

Rejecting Black Friday In Favor Of 'Campsgiving'

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about Black Friday, camping, and a movement called 'Campsgiving.' It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Black Friday, shopping, consumerism and camping. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students learn about and do an activity on functions of -ing verbs. In the cooperation activity, there are options for writing customer complaints or story-telling.
Speaking:
Black Friday, Camping, Consumerism
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to Use -ing Verbs
Cooperation:
Customer Complaints, Story-telling
Type of video: News Report, Commercial
Length of video: 1:57
Topics: Black Friday, Camping
'Campsgiving' is a new cultural movement started by millenials. Why focus on the big shopping deals, lines, and chaos at the shopping malls when you can go experience nature and camping with your loved ones?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving | History

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video clip about the details, history, and traditions of Thanksgiving. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, and Thanksgiving. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features past modals. In the cooperation activity, there are options for creative conversation, giving a speech, or leaving a voice-mail.
Speaking:
Thanksgiving, History, Traditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Past Modals
Cooperation:
Creating Conversation, Giving a Speech, Leaving a Voice-Mail
Type of video: Educational, History
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Thanksigiving, History, Traditions
A breakdown of the history of Thanksigivng, the pilgrims, and the traditions of Thanksgiving, while covering some interesting facts about it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

This Thanksgiving, Pass the Tofurky!

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video clip about a hippie who created a vegetarian substitute for turkey - tofurky. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, Thanksgiving, and vegetarianism. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students learn about and do an activity on prepositions. In the cooperation activity, there are options for creative thinking or leaving a voice-mail.
Speaking:
Thanksgiving, Traditions, Vegetarianism
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Commonly Confused Prepositions
Cooperation:
Creative Thinking, Leaving a Voice-Mail
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 2:24
Topics: Thanksgiving, Vegetarianism, Hippie Life
A hippie-vegetarian found the perfect substitute for turkey on Thanksgiving - tofurky. It took a few failed attempts with other options, but none of them turned out as well as the tofurky.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced 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+

How San Francisco Is Becoming A Zero Waste City

In this ESL lesson plan for adults or teens, students watch a video clip about San Francisco, which is working to become a zero-waste city. 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 relative pronouns. In the cooperation activity, students work together to do a role play interview.
Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Relative Pronouns
Cooperation:
Public Speech, Role-Play Interview
Type of video: Documentary / News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Environment, Global Issues, Recycling, Zero-Waste
A reporter goes to San Francisco - a city paving the way for becoming a zero-waste city. They've doubled their recycling rate since the private company 'Recology' transformed recycling in the city. The value lies in modern composting facilities.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

You Can Live Without Producing Trash

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teenagers, students watch a video 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 cooperation activity, students can give a public speech.
Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Image Matching, Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Question Formation
Cooperation:
Giving a Speech, Creating an Alternative Lifestyle
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+