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Why I Practice Yoga | Laruga Glaser Yoga Demo

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on the holistic side of yoga. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about yoga. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features some common preposition + gerund forms. There is also a quiz & review section which includes some bonus activities. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Yoga
Viewing:
Matching Activity, Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Parts of Speech, Verb Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Preposition + Gerund Forms
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Instructional
Length of video: 3:23
Topics: Yoga, Spiritual Approach to Yoga
Laruga Glaser shows you how she does yoga the spiritual way. She explains the inner side of yoga as well as the power and beauty of the practice.

How 9 Billionaires Start Their Mornings

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on the morning routines of 9 billionaires. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about morning routines. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the difference between 'while' and 'when'. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Morning Routines
Viewing:
Match the Sentence Halves, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives / Adverbs, Missing Letters, Phrases, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between 'While' and 'When'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Business / Informational
Length of video: 3:21
Topics: Morning Routines of Billionaires
This video from Business Insider features 9 billionaires and how they start their morning. Some billionaires seem to be just like the rest of us!

Nobody Wants to Help You Move - Key & Peele

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on a comedy skit about a couple arguing over moving apartments. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about moving homes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'going to' and 'will' for the future. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Moving Apartments, Cities, Homes
Viewing:
Short Answers / Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Definitions, Phrases, Context Usage, 'Be about to + verb'
Grammar:
How to Use 'Going to' and 'Will' for Future
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Comedy Skit
Length of video: 2:45
Topics: Moving Out
A woman’s boyfriend panics when she asks him for help moving apartments.

Who will challenge Donald Trump in 2020? | The Economist

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the candidates from the Democratic Party who will compete against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential elections. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about American politics. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the third conditional. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
American Politics, Presidential Candidates
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Third Conditional
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 6:44
Topics: 2020 Democratic Party Candidates
The 2020 Democratic primary election is already one of the most hotly contested in history, with over 20 candidates vying to lead the party. John Prideaux, our US editor, takes a look at the front-runners.

Independence Day | 4th of July History

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about American Independence Day - July 4th. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the history and traditions of the holiday. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. There is a part which focuses on parts of speech. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
July 4th History & Traditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choose the Correct Person
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Extra Vocabulary Terms, Context Usage
Grammar:
Parts of Speech
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Educational / Cultural
Length of video: 2:26
Topics: July 4th Celebrations, History, Traditions
WatchMojo gives a brief history of the 4th of July and how Americans celebrate Independence Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.