Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture - Upper-Intermediate

Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving | History

Speaking:
Thanksgiving, History, Traditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Matching
Vocabulary:
Defintions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Past Modals
Cooperation:
Creating Conversation, Giving a Speech, Leaving a Voice-Mail
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.
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+

How San Francisco Is Becoming A Zero Waste City

Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Defintions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Relative Pronouns
Cooperation:
Public Speech, Role-Play Interview
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.
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+

The Wild World of Mushroom Hunting

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
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.
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+

This Couple Lives on a Bus

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
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.
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+

I'm a Graffiti Artist

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.
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.
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+

Esports: The New Jocks on Campus

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
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.
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+

Inside the College for Weed Entrepreneurs

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
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.
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.

Czech businessman leads vinyl revival

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
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.
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+

Blockbuster Video Has Become An Alaskan Tourist Attraction

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
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.
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+

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

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
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.
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+

What is Happiness?

Speaking:
Happiness, Life
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Active / Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Optimistic Situations
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.
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+

Storm Surges Can Be the Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

Speaking:
Hurricanes, Science
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, World-Building
Grammar:
Expressing Cause & Effect with -ing and 'which' clauses
Cooperation:
Issuing an Evacuation Order
In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the danger of storm surges and the impact of hurricanes. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about natural disasters and hurricanes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features expressing cause and effect with -ing clauses and 'which.' In the cooperation activity students issue an evacuation order.
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 4:00
Topics: Hurricanes, Storm Surges, Natural Disasters
While storm surges have proven to be the deadliest part of a hurricane, many people may not even know what they are or what they mean. Storm surges from hurricanes are nothing to take lightly, even if you're not in the path of the hurricane. What exactly makes them so deadly?
*Most suitable for advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween History

Speaking:
Halloween, Traditions, Holidays
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Defintions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Past Simple vs Would vs Used to
Cooperation:
Organizing Events
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.
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+