Lessons

Sports & Action

Explore Big White Ski Resort

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Big White ski resort in Canada. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing, ski resorts, and winter holidays. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on conjunctions. In the cooperation activity, students can create a guide, make a review, or create a promotional video outline.
Speaking:
Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching
Grammar:
Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Create a Guide, Make a Review, Create a Promotional Video
Type of video: Interview / Promotional
Length of video: 3:49
Topics: Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Explore Big White ski resort in Canada and what makes this resort stand out from all the others.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

13 years of snowboarding, but only 17 years old.

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a young professional snowboarder, Marcus Kleveland. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about snowboarding and snowboarders. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adverbs. In the cooperation activity, students can create interviews, make a social media post, or write for a magazine.
Speaking:
Snowboarding, Snowboarders
Viewing:
Short Answers, Correct the Mistakes, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Categorize the Terms, Image Matching
Grammar:
Adverbs
Cooperation:
Create Interviews, Make a Social Media Post, Write a Magazine Response
Type of video: Short Documentary / Interview
Length of video: 4:31
Topics: Snowboarding, Traveling
Marcus Kleveland is young but is already considered top talent in the snowboarding scene. Get to know a bit about Marcus while he shows you where he grew up, how he got into snowboarding, and some of his "gnarly tricks," flips, and rotations that he can do on a snowboard.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Snowkiting Is Every Extreme Winter Sport in One

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about snowkiting. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing, snowboarding, equipment, & winter sports. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on articles and uncountable nouns. In the cooperation activity, students can leave a voicemail, make a social media post, or create cotent for a homepage.
Speaking:
Skiing, Snowboarding, Winter Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Matching, Context Usage, Sentences
Grammar:
Articles + Uncountable Nouns
Cooperation:
Leave a Voicemail, Make a Social Media Post, Create Homepage Content
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 2:15
Topics: Snowkiting, Winter Sports
Snowkiting has become a big hit in parts of Alaska, and has been growing in recent years. The growth of the sport is due to the efforts of Tom Fredericks, who helped start the snowkiting legacy, established the first snowkiting school in Alaska, and organizes a snowkiting festival every year.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Dean Karnazes, the ULTRAmarathon Man

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about an ultra-marathon runner. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about running, marathons, and unique talents. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features prepositions. In the cooperation activity students can create a story about a 'super human.'
Speaking:
Running, Ultra-Marathons, Special Talents
Viewing:
Short Answers, Matching Sentences
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Creating a Story
Type of video: Story / Documentary
Length of video: 5:09
Topics: Ultra-Marathons, Unique Talents
Meet the most notorious Ultra Marathon runner to ever exist - Dean Karnazes. This guy runs a marathon before breakfast, and his day doesn't stop there. Learn and discuss this 'superhuman' with your students, and find out what special gift he has that allows him to run like no other.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Why do people run the marathon?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about running marathons and why we do it. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about running and marathons. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features prepositions. In the cooperation activity students can create quotes and discuss the good side of human nature.
Speaking:
Running, Marathons
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Extra Running-related Vocabulary
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Creating Quotes, Discussing the good side of human nature
Type of video: Story / Documentary
Length of video: 2:56
Topics: Running Marathons
A reporter runs a marathon with his girlfriend in New York, while interviewing others along the way about their motivation and inspiration. Does running a marathon bring out the good in human nature?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Nike: Meet the Runners – Eliud Kipchoge

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a marathon runner trying to be the first to run a marathon under 2 hours. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about running, marathons, and memorable moments in sports history. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features no / any (negative sentences). In the cooperation activity students can create story scripts.
Speaking:
Running, Sports Moments
Viewing:
True / False, Matching Sentences, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
No / Any (Expressing Negatives)
Cooperation:
Creating Stories Script
Type of video: Running / Inspirational / Positive Attitude
Length of video: 1:22
Topics: Running, Motivation, Inspiration
Meet a runner from the Nike team who aspires to become the first one to ever run a marathon in under 2 hours. Find out what his secret to success is.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Little League Baseball Transforms America's Most Dangerous City

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a man who starts a little league baseball league in a city filled with crime. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about crime, teenage life, and baseball. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature superlative adjectives, used to + base verb, and past perfect. In the cooperation activity students can make an interview, and create a new movie genre + plot.
Speaking:
Baseball, Inner-City Crime, Teenage Life
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False, Short Answers, Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Superlative Adjectives / Used to + base verb / Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Making an Interview, Creating a New Movie Genre + Plot
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 6:38
Topics: Baseball, Crime, Teenage Life
Camden, New Jersey - known as the most dangerous city in the USA. Bryan Morton, a resident of Camden, grew up and went through a big life struggle as a teenager - he used to deal drugs and then had to spend years in prison. When he got out, he wanted to give something positive back to the community. So he started a baseball league to help lead children away from crime and down a different path than his own.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+. 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.

US soccer: Will Americans ever care about football?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about soccer, rugby, and American football. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about soccer, rugby, and American football. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the difference between while and as. In the cooperation activity students make a report on a controversial sports topic.
Speaking:
Soccer, American Football, Rugby
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Prepositions
Grammar:
Difference Between While & As
Cooperation:
Making a Report
Type of video: News Report / Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Soccer, American Football, Rugby
Soccer is known to be the 'world's most popular sport.' Ever wonder why this isn't true in the USA? This report investigates the evolution of American football compared to soccer and what differentiates it the most from soccer. Does soccer have a bright future in the US and will it ever be able to 'dethrone' American football?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

How to Become a Pro Soccer Player

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about becoming a professional soccer player. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about soccer and setting goals. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features verb patterns (gerunds & infinitives). In the cooperation activity students can make a speech or make a story.
Speaking:
Soccer, Setting Goals
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Verb Patterns (Gerunds & Infinitives)
Cooperation:
Making a Speech, Making a Story
Type of video: Commerical / Story / Documentary
Length of video: 2:49
Topics: Sports, Soccer, Professional Sports Player
As a boy, Nick Humphries dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but he faced a big challenge - he didn't even make the cut for his region's squad. Although he didn't make the team, he kept imagining what it must be like to play in the big leagues which pushed his will to succeed. With hard work, dedication, and passion he turned his dream into a reality.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Soccer and World Cup Brings Worlds Together

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how soccer brings people together. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the World Cup and soccer. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features present simple vs past simple. In the cooperation activity students can create questions and have an interview.
Speaking:
Soccer, World Cup, Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-Blanks
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Present Simple vs Past Simple
Cooperation:
Creating Questions, Having an Interview
Type of video: Short Documentary / News Report
Length of video: 2:04
Topics: Sports, Soccer, Culture
The World Cup of soccer is such a great global event not only because of the sport, but also because it builds intercultural bonds between people. Aziz Abu Sarah shows how race, religion, and language don't matter when it's time to play the world's most popular game.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

The Best Female Rock Climber in the World is 14

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a young, professional, female climber. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about climbing. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature modal verbs, how to use gerunds, and the difference between can, could, and be able to. In the cooperation activity students design a course, do an interview, or have a conversation.
Speaking:
Climbing
Viewing:
Sentence Matching, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Modal Verbs / Gerunds / Difference between can, could, and be able to
Cooperation:
Designing a course, Interview, Conversation
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 1:56
Topics: Climbing, Young Athletes
A short but sweet video featuring an inspiring young star, who can climb walls faster than anyone you know. Most people are just shocked watching this 14 year girl climb, and your students will be too.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Shredding the World's Highest Sand Dunes on Skis

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about two professional Swedish skiiers. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing and alternative sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature prepositions of place, until vs by, and by the time. In the cooperation activity students make a special tour package.
Speaking:
Skiing, Alternative Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Prepositions of place / Until vs By / By the time
Cooperation:
Tour Agency Task
Type of video: Documentary / Story
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Skiing, Alternative Sports
An interesting twist to the sport of skiing. Two professional Swedish skiers who hunt out spots and document their adventures shredding it up in the sand.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Wheelz in the Air: Hitting the Skatepark on a Wheelchair

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a young man who is an WCMX rider. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about handicaps, extreme sports, & positive mental attitude. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature how to use 'just,' verb patterns, & collocations. In the cooperation activity students have an imaginative discussion or an interview.
Speaking:
Positive Mental Attitude, Handicaps, Extreme Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
How To Use the Adverb 'Just' / Verb Patterns / Collocations
Cooperation:
Imaginative Discussion, Interview
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:14
Topics: Positive Mental Attitude, Extreme Sports, Handicaps
Aaron Fotheringham is a true legend, known as the godfather of WCMX. A young man with a great positive attitude, and isn’t afraid to go out on his wheelchair and rip it in the local skate park. Ever seen a backflip on your wheelchair? Your students probably haven’t either.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

What's it like to live in Green Bay and hate the Packers?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the fans of the Green Bay Packers. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about fandom, American football, & sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises features indefinite pronouns (any, no, every, some). In the cooperation activity students do a summary activity.
Speaking:
Fandom, Sports, Green Bay
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Image Matching
Grammar:
Indefinite Pronouns (every, any, some, no)
Cooperation:
Summary
Type of video: Informational News Report
Length of video: 4:23
Topics: Sports Fans, American Football
A sports reporter goes around and shows what life is all about under the green and gold skies of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Are your students as crazy about their sports team as these cheese-heads?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Women's World Football Games

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about women who play American football. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about gender roles, American football, and sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercise features how to use' like' and 'as'. In the cooperation activity students can do an interview.
Speaking:
American Football, Gender Roles, Sports
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Extra Terms & Phrases, Context Usage, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to Use 'Like' and 'As'
Cooperation:
Interview
Type of video: Informational Documentary
Length of video: 5:58
Topics: Gender Roles, American Football
Who says women can’t play football? Meet the female pioneers expanding the game to their own gender. The female players show you how they play and get a conversation going about differences in male and female social roles.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+