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Google Assistant: Making Reservations

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video of Google's AI assistant making a reservation. It includes discussion and dialogue activities about restaurants, eating out, and making reservations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on prepositions of time and past simple questions. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play.
Speaking:
Making Reservations, Eating Out
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Just in case, Adjectives, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time, Past Simple Questions
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Technology & Business
Length of video: 1:25
Topics: Google Assistant, Making Reservations
Watch Google Assistant make a phone call to and make a reservation with a restaurant simply and seamlessly.

Will Smith Tries Online Dating with Sophia the Robot

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a date Will Smith has with Sophia, the humanoid robot. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about artificial intelligence, robots, & dating. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the present perfect simple / continuous. In the cooperation activity students can write a letter or do a short role play 'from the future.' Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs / Phrasal Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Writing a Letter, Role Play 'from the future'
Type of video: Interview / Comedy
Length of video: 4:31
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Will Smith seems to have a special attraction to Sophia the humanoid robot, so much that he takes her on a romantic date to the Cayman Islands. Things get awkward when wine, jokes, and the atmosphere of the island air get to Will Smith's head, and he decides to go in for the kiss. See how Sofia reacts.

What does a cashless future mean? | The Economist

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on finance and a cashless future. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about finance, the economy, money, and digital payments. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the difference between 'would' and 'used to' for the past. There is also a quiz & review section which includes bonus activities.
Speaking:
Cashless Future, Economy, Credit Cards, Cash
Viewing:
Short Answers, Numbers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'used to' and 'would' in the past
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Informational / Educational
Length of video: 5:21
Topics: Cash, Credit Cards, Economy, Finance
Many countries are going cashless at great speed. What are the advantages of ditching hard cash and what are the dangers?

Marvel's Avengers | Video Game Trailer

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on the video game trailer for Marvel's Avengers. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about the Avengers and Super Heroes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use there is / was and there are / were. There is also a quiz & review section which includes bonus activities.
Speaking:
Marvel, Avengers, Super Heroes
Viewing:
List Events in Order, Fill in the Blanks, Pause the Video
Vocabulary:
Phrasal Verbs, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'There is / was' and 'There are / were'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Video Game Trailer
Length of video: 3:29
Topics: Marvel, Avengers, Super Heroes
Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Explained

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on three of the most fundamental computer programming languages - HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about computer science and coding. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features 3rd person plural forms - they, their, them, they're, and they've. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Computer Science, Programming, Coding
Viewing:
Short Answers, True/ False
Vocabulary:
Programming Languages, Nouns, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
3rd Person Plural Forms - They, Their, Them, They're, They've
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Instructional / Educational
Length of video: 3:57
Topics: Computer Science, Programming, Coding
Before you start any web development tutorials for beginners, FIRST understand what languages are used for building websites: HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Learn why you can't exist online without these programming languages! Consider this your code and coding concept 101.

Fake meat is the future. Here's why

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Impossible Foods' and 'Beyond Meats', and the surge in plant-based burgers. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about vegetarianism and plant-based foods. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'though'. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Vegetarianism, Plant-Based "Meats"
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of the Adverb 'though'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 4:47
Topics: Vegetarianism, Plant-Based "Meats"
Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat are surging in popularity with consumers and investors. Here's how meat alternatives like these will actually change the way we eat in coming decades.

What is Neuralink - Neural Lace Explained

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Neuralink' and neural lace, what exactly it is, and how it works. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about advanced technology and AI. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'recently' and 'so far' in the present perfect simple and continuous. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Advanced Technology, Artificial Intelligence
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
'Recently' and 'So far' with Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Informational / Educational
Length of video: 4:35
Topics: Neuralink, Neural Lace, AI
Elon Musk’s new project Neuralink has been making headlines recently, but very little is known about this mysterious company so far. We’re going to answer the question ‘What is Neuralink?’ and let you know why you should be paying very close attention.

What is a VPN and How Does it Work?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about VPN's and how they work. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about information technology. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'be able to'. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
VPN and Information Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adverbs, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of 'Be able to'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Animated Explainer Video
Length of video: 4:19
Topics: VPN, Hacking, Information Technology
This video from vpnMentor explains everything you need to know about VPN's and how they work.

Why Quitting Facebook And Instagram Made Me Happier

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about a reporter who quit social media. It includes discussion and conversation activities about the impact of social media and Facebook. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on get + adjective to express change. In the cooperation activity, students can do a writing exercise. There is also a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Social Media, Facebook
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verb + Noun Combinations, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Get + Adjective (expressing change)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Interview / Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:29
Topics: Social Media, Quitting Social Media
CNBC technology reporter Christina Farr deleted Facebook and Instagram from her phone in August, and hasn't checked either app since. Here's how her social media detox has improved her life.

Inside a Google Data Center

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video about Google's data center in South Carolina. It includes discussion and conversation activities about data, Google, and data centers. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on prepositions and word choice. In the cooperation activity, students can create their own headlines or create an interview. There is also a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Data, Data Centers, Google
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Put Events in Order
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Phrases, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Writing a Headline, Interview
Type of video: Technology & Business
Length of video: 5:27
Topics: Google, Data Centers
Joe Kava, VP of Google's Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google's infrastructure.

Google's AI Assistant Can Now Make Real Phone Calls

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video of Google's AI assistant making a phone call. It includes discussion questions and activities about scheduling appointments and booking reservations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on prepositions of time. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play.
Speaking:
Scheduling, Booking, Reserving
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Dialogue, Booking
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Technology & Business
Length of video: 3:57
Topics: AI Assistant Scheduling Appointments & Reservations
Google showed off its Assistant having a humanlike conversation with someone at a hair salon and a small restaurant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai explains Google Duplex at Google I/O.

Introducing the new MacBook Air — Apple

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the MacBook Air. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about laptops, computers, and tech devices. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on comparisons (as...as) + present perfect. In the cooperation activity, students can write a review about a product or have a conversation about technology.
Speaking:
Laptops, Desktops, Tech Devices
Viewing:
Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Images, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Comparisons (as...as) + Present Perfect
Cooperation:
Write a Script for a Review, Conversation about Technology
Type of video: Product Commercial
Length of video: 2:28
Topics: Laptops, Desktops, Tech Devices
This product commercial from Apple shows you the MacBook Air and describes all of its features.

Introducing the new iPad Pro — Apple

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the iPad Pro and its features. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about smart phones, tablets, and tech devices. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between even / even if / even though. In the cooperation activity, students can give a presentation or have a conversation about technology.
Speaking:
Tablets, Smart Phones, Tech Devices
Viewing:
Short Answers, Words in Context, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Even / Even If / Even Though
Cooperation:
Give a Presentation, Conversation about Technology
Type of video: Product Commerical
Length of video: 2:57
Topics: Tablets, Smart Phones, Tech Devices
This product commercial from Apple shows you the iPad Pro and describes all of its features.

iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about Apple Pay and how it works. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about credit cards, cash, smart phones, and technology. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions. In the cooperation activity, students can tell a story, write about experiences, or discuss smart phone features.
Speaking:
Payments, Smart phones, Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions & Matching, Context Usage, Images
Grammar:
Prepositions - By, After, Within
Cooperation:
Tell a Story, Write about an Experience, Discussion on Smart Phones
Type of video: Product Commercial
Length of video: 1:14
Topics: Payments, Smart Phones, Technology
This product commercial from Apple shows you what exactly Apple Pay is all about and how it works.

We Talked To Sophia — The AI Robot

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about an interview with Sophia, the humanoid robot. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about artificial intelligence and robots. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the past perfect. In the cooperation activity students can create an interview with an 'evil Sophia.'
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Prefixes
Grammar:
Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Creating an Interview with 'Evil Sophia'
Type of video: Interview
Length of video: 3:38
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots
A correspondent from Business Insider gets to meet Sofia for the first time, and he has some questions for her about her feelings, preferences, humans, as well as the hit TV series Black Mirror and Westworld. On the surface, Sofia seems to be a nice, caring, and compassionate humanoid robot. See if your students think the same.