Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture - Upper-Intermediate

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+

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+

What is Happiness?

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 active / passive voice. In the cooperation activity students find ways to make a positive mentality out of negative situations.
Speaking:
Happiness, Life
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Active / Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Optimistic Situations
Type of video: Informational / Inspirational
Length of video: 3:41
Topics: Happiness
It's a question we all come across at some point in our lives, or maybe we even ask ourselves this question every day, however we may have some misconceptions about how we achieve happiness. This video explores the true essence of happiness in its purest form.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Inside the College for Weed Entrepreneurs

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a marijuana course at Oaksterdam University. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about marijuana and universities. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between say vs tell, and informal contractions (cuz, kinda, gonna, etc). In the cooperation activity students can give a presentation, write reviews, or create a new course topic.
Speaking:
Marijuana, Universities
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Mark What You See, Matching Sentences
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Cotext Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Difference Between Say vs Tell / Informal Contractions
Cooperation:
Giving a Presentation, Writing Reviews, Creating a New Course
Type of video: Short Documentary / News Report
Length of video: 6:49
Topics: Marijuana, University Program
Whoever thought the day would come where you could study marijuana in college? A reporter goes inside 'Oaksterdam University' where you learn about and hear about a range of marijuana-related topics as well as what exactly goes on inside a school like this.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+. 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.

This Couple Lives on a Bus

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a couple who lives on a bus. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about simple living and alternative lifestyles. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature countable & uncountable nouns and adjective endings (-ed / -ing). In the cooperation activity students create tips, funny interviews, solve problems, or make headlines.
Speaking:
Simple Living, Alternative Lifestyle, Home Life
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Countable & Uncountable Nouns / Adjective Endings (-ed / -ing)
Cooperation:
Creating Tips, Funny Interviews, Solving problems, Making Headlines
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 3:42
Topics: Alternative Lifestyle, Simple Life
With the increasing cost of living in big cities like Chicago, young professionals are looking for alternative living solutions that can save them money and provide them a simpler way of life. Andy and Julie did exactly that and turned an old school bus into their home.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+