Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture

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+

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.

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+

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+

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+