Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture - Intermediate

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+

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+

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+

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+

Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween History

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the history of Halloween and traditions. It also includes interesting discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, and Halloween. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar features the difference between past simple / would / used to. In the cooperation activity students can organize an event.
Speaking:
Halloween, Traditions, Holidays
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Past Simple vs Would vs Used to
Cooperation:
Organizing Events
Type of video: History, Educational
Length of video: 2:15
Topics: Halloween, Traditions, Holidays
A breakdown of the history of Halloween and its traditions, while covering the impact Halloween has on the economy.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

A Valuable Lesson for a Happier Life

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a thought experiment on happiness. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about a happy life. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features the first conditional. In the cooperation activity students can talk about philosophical thought experiments.
Speaking:
Happiness, Happy Lifestyle, Philosophy
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
First Conditional
Cooperation:
Thought Experiments
Type of video: Inspirational Talk
Length of video: 3:05
Topics: Happiness, Philosophy Experiment
A professor demonstrates a thought experiment on life and happiness to a class of college students during a Philosophy 101 course. All it takes is a jar, golf balls, pebbles, sand, and yes, beer. This video explores the nature of happiness and what it means.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

It's not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how commuting impacts our life. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about commuting and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present simple vs continuous, the first conditional, and a review of tenses. In the cooperation activity students can create a personal lifestyle or make YouTube comments.
Speaking:
Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Multiple Choice, True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Present Simple - Continuous / First conditional / Review of Tenses
Cooperation:
Creating a Personal Lifestyle, Making YouTube Comments
Type of video: Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:44
Topics: Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Let's face it - we all know commuting isn't much fun and can be really stressful. Anyone who commutes long distances regularly knows how big of an impact it has on your lifestyle, but so many of us still continue to do it. How can we make the most of our daily commutes to work and school?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Blockbuster Video Has Become An Alaskan Tourist Attraction

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the video rental chain, Blockbuster. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about media and video rentals. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present perfect vs past simple, past simple vs continuous, and present perfect vs past perfect. In the cooperation activity students can give a speech, have a meeting, or make an interview.
Speaking:
Media, Video Rentals
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Pres. Perfect - Past Simple / Past Simple - Continuous / Pres. - Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Giving a Speech, Having a Meeting, Making an Interview
Type of video: News Report / Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:14
Topics: Media, Video Renting
Blockbuster - the biggest video rental chain in the US was a big part of American culture back in the 80's, with thousands of stores making big profits across the country. When digital streaming came along, Blockbuster was forced into bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean it was completely wiped from the map. One of the last standing is in Alaska.
*Suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Czech businessman leads vinyl revival

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how vinyl is making a comeback. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music, media, and vinyl. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the zero-conditional (if statements), the preposition & prefix 'over,' and past perfect. In the cooperation activity students do business planning or a presentation.
Speaking:
Music, Media, Vinyl
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False, Number Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
'If' statements / Preposition & Prefix 'over' / Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Business Planning, Presentation
Type of video: News Report / Documentary
Length of video: 2:54
Topics: Music, Vinyl, Business
The recent boom in vinyl record was an unforeseen development in a music industry ever changed by downloads and internet sales. When most factories switched to CDs in the 1990s, Zdenek Pelc believed in the material enough to hold onto his machinery and staff.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Esports: The New Jocks on Campus

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a university that offers a video gaming program. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about video gaming and esports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present simple (positive & negative sentences), expressions (make & take), and modal verbs (can / could / be able to). In the cooperation activity students can have a role play, make a report, or give a presentation.
Speaking:
Video Gaming, Esports, Computers
Viewing:
Finish The Sentences, True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Simple / Expressions (make & take) / Modal Verbs (can / could / be able to)
Cooperation:
Role Play, Making a Report, Giving a Presentation
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:39
Topics: Video Gaming, Computers, IT
Robert Morris University is the first to offer scholarships to top video gamers. While many people see video gaming as just a hobby, others say that it takes a lot of hard work to become a good gamer.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

I'm a Graffiti Artist

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a graffiti artist from Bulgaria. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about graffiti, art, and stereotypes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature the present continuous vs present simple, expressions with make vs take, and the difference between 'be' and 'get' in the passive voice. In the cooperation activity students can create profiles, interviews, or guides.
Speaking:
Graffiti, Art, Stereotypes, Alternative Lifestyle
Viewing:
True / False, Finish the Sentence, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Continuous - Present Simple / Expressions (Make vs Take) / 'Be' - 'Get' in Passive
Cooperation:
Creating Profiles, Interviews, Guides.
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:53
Topics: Graffiti, Art, Alternative Lifestyle
There can often be some hard stereotypes against graffiti artists, but Boris from Bulgaria isn’t afraid to break these stereotypes and express his artistic freedom through the spray can.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

The Wild World of Mushroom Hunting

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about two mushroom hunting fanatics. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about mushrooms and mushroom hunting. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature the difference between there are vs there is and prefixes. In the cooperation activity students make up a dream or plan a trip.
Speaking:
Mushroom Picking, Mushroom Recipes & Tools
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Put Events in Order
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Difference - there are / there is, Prefixes
Cooperation:
Making up a dream, Planning a trip
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 3:31
Topics: Mushroom Picking, Outdoors
Two big-time mushroom fanatics show you what it’s like to be a real mushroom hunter! This guy actually has dreams about wild mushrooms and describes the experience of mushroom picking as an unbelievable rush. Perhaps your students are from a mushroom picking culture?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+