Lessons

Sports & Action - Intermediate

The Toronto Raptors Superfan

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a comprehension exercise about a 'Superfan' for the Toronto Raptors. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sports fandom. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the past simple / past continuous. There is also a quiz & review, and a bonus writing activity.
Speaking:
Sports Fandom
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Past Simple / Past Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Writing Exercise
Type of video: Short Documentary Story
Length of video: 2:21
Topics: Sports Fandom, 'Superfan'
Nav Bhatia, who is considered a true 'Superfan' has never missed a game of The Toronto Raptors. After moving from India to settle in Toronto, this guy is now a courtside legend, inspiring fans around the world with the mission of building community through basketball.
*Most suitable for 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+

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+

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.

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+

The Best Female Rock Climber in the World is 14

In this 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 related to this topic. The grammar exercise features the difference between can, could, and be able to. It includes a quiz & reviw and an interview activity.
Speaking:
Climbing
Viewing:
Sentence Matching, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Verbs & Phrasal Verbs, Multiple Choice, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between Can, Could, and Be able
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, Interview
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 this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about two professional Swedish skiers. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing and alternative sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features until vs by, and by the time. It inclues a quiz & review, and students can also make a special tour package.
Speaking:
Skiing, Alternative Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Until vs By / By the time
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, 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 this ESL lesson plan 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 exercise features how to use verb patterns. It also includes a quiz & review and an interview activity.
Speaking:
Handicaps, Extreme Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Context Usage
Grammar:
Verb Patterns (gerunds, infinitives, base verbs)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, 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+

Meet the World's Oldest Hockey Player

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the oldest hockey player in the world. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about age and sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to age, sports, and hockey. The grammar exercises feature prepositions of time and superlative adjectives. In the cooperation activity students do interviews and create their own documentary scenes.
Speaking:
Ageism, Hockey, Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, Number Matching, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Expressions
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time / Superlative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Interview Questions, Creating a Documentary, Quotes
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:44
Topics: Ageism, Hockey, Sports
The oldest hockey player in the world, Mark Sertich, is 95 years old and still plays hockey. An inspirational character who talks about his daily routine and his life playing hockey with the local firefighters in the community.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+