Lessons

Tech & Innovation

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 have a conversation, leave a voice-mail in the future, or write a letter.
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Dating
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Prefix Opposites
Grammar:
Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Having a Philosophical Conversation, Leaving a Voice-Mail, Writing a Letter
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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Hanson Robotics: Sophia - AI Human-like Robot Awakens

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 and her creator. 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 question formation in the present simple. In the cooperation activity students create questions and have a conversation.
Speaking:
Artificial Intelligence, Robots
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Adjective Opposities
Grammar:
Question Formation in the Present Simple
Cooperation:
Creating Questions, Having a Conversation
Type of video: Interview
Length of video: 3:53
Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots
In this video you get to meet Sofia, a real humanoid robot, and one of her creators from Hanson Robotics. Sofia awakens and has a short, but philosophical conversation with her creator. In this lesson, you find out what kinds of questions your students would ask a humanoid robot and what they think about this advanced technology. 
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

What happens to your social media when you die?

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about what happens to social media accounts when someone dies. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about social media. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature how to use 'have something done,' prepositions, and how to use 'would.' In the cooperation activity students can do an interview, create a chat, or create a story for a movie.
Speaking:
Social Media
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions
Grammar:
'Have something done' / Prepositions / How to Use 'Would'
Cooperation:
Creating an Interview, Chat, Movie Story
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 2:14
Topics: Social Media, Technology
There are over 2 billion users on Facebook today. Social media continues to grow and evolve, and one of the next steps in the evolution has become "dead social" - a network that lets you program what happens to your online digital legacy beyond the grave. One woman even created an online "chat bot" of her friend, allowing her to communicate with her friend after he passed away!
*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.

What Is Bitcoin & How Does It Work?

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about finance, cryptocurrency, and the economy. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature comparisons (as...as), passive voice, and prepositions + gerunds. In the cooperation activity students make interview questions, documentary scenes, or public statements.
Speaking:
Finance, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Economy
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers, Matching, Choosing Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Comparisons (as...as) / Passive Voice / Prepositions + Gerunds
Cooperation:
Making Interview Questions, Documentary Scenes, Public Statements
Type of video: Informational Animation
Length of video: 1:36
Topics: Finance, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Economy
Many people have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency but some are still a little unclear about how exactly it works. Educate your students on it using this short, but very clear, breakdown on the ins and outs of cryptocurrency. A hot topic today that will definitely stir up some good conversation about the evolution and future of money.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

A Highway that Charges Your Electric Car

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about electric charging highways. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about cars and transportation technology. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between comparative & superlative adjectives, and parts of speech. In the cooperation activity students form opinions, make quotes, or make a video review.
Speaking:
Cars, Transportation Tech, Innovation
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Comparative - Superlative Adjectives / Parts of Speech
Cooperation:
Forming Opinions, Making Quotes, Making a Video Review
Type of video: News Report / Interviews
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Car, Technology, Transportation, Innovation
Even though electric cars have made a big boom on the market, still one consumer fear remains - running out of battery while you’re driving. This has sparked discussion about constructing highways which can charge your electric vehicle as you drive. Is it feasible?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+

Introducing Amazon Go: The Future Grocery Store

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about Amazon Go. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Amazon, facts about it, technology, and shopping. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between whatever / whenever / wherever / etc. and imperatives. In the cooperation activity students do product / project management.
Speaking:
Amazon, Facts, Products
Viewing:
Short Answers, Fill-in-the-Blanks
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Whatever - Wherever - Whenever / Imperative Voice
Cooperation:
Projects, Developing Products
Type of video: Commercial
Length of video: 1:49
Topics: Technology, Amazon, Food Shopping
Grocery shopping just got a whole lot better. Open up your app, fill up your cart, and walk out of there without waiting in line. Amazon’s technology can keep track of any items you decide to take off or put back on the shelf. Talk about shopping made easy.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

3D Printing: Make anything you want

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 3D printing. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about 3D printing. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature the difference between any, every, and some, the passive voice in the present continuous, and gerunds. In the cooperation activity students work together on objects and industries.
Speaking:
3D Printing, Technology, Industries
Viewing:
Short Answers, Mark What You See, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Any - Every - Some / Passive Voice (present continuous) / Gerunds
Cooperation:
Objects & Industries
Type of video: News Report / Documentary
Length of video: 13:50
Topics: 3D Printing, Technology, Medicine
3D printing is perhaps the hottest technological phenomenon of current times. This reporter explores both the benefits and dangers of 3D printing - from making organs and body parts to making assault rifles and gun parts. Learn how 3D printing works and how it impacts our world.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Contact Lenses with Augmented Reality

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a short sci-fi film and do a listening exercise about future technology & augmented reality. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about future technology. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between so / such, going to vs will, and present perfect simple vs continuous. In the cooperation activity students create scenes, plots, reviews, or develop applications.
Speaking:
Future Technology, Virtual Reality
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Sentence Matching, Post-viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
So vs Such, Going to vs Will, Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Creating Film Scenes, Plots, Developing Applications, Making Reviews
Type of video: Short Film
Length of video: 7:52
Topics: Future Technology, Augmented Reality
With Google Glasses making headlines in the tech-world the past few years, this video takes a glimpse a few steps forward into our future. Will we be safe from our own technology?
*Suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Meet the Pilot: Smart Earpiece Language Translator

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a translation device that translates speech in real-time. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about languages and translation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature pronouns & possessive adjectives, and the present perfect simple vs continuous. In the cooperation activity students can make reviews, quotes, advertisements, or reviews.
Speaking:
Languages, Translation, Technology
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Pronouns & Possessive Adjectives / Present Perfect Simple vs Continuous
Cooperation:
Making Reviews, Quotes, Advertisments
Type of video: Product Commercial / Story
Length of video: 2:27
Topics: Languages, Translation, Technology
As technology gets better, so does translation. This short video tells the story of man who had trouble communicating with a French girl, inspiring him to develop a smart earpiece which can translate languages in real-time. A great topic for language lessons and generates great philosophical conversation.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about electronic cigarettes and smoking. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about smoking and vaping. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between any / no / none / nothing, and despite / in spite of / although / even though. In the cooperation activity students make opinions, news reports, or vlogs.
Speaking:
Electronic Cigarettes, Normal Cigarettes
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Who Says What, Mark What You See
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Any, No, None, Nothing / Despite, In spite of, Although, Even though
Cooperation:
Opinions, News Report, Vlog
Type of video: News Report / Documentary
Length of video: 3:37
Topics: Smoking, E-Cigarettes, Health
Electronic vaping has become a billion dollar industry. Should we be worried about it as much as cigarettes? BBC explores the reality behind this new, hot trend. In this video, your students will hear from a couple experts on the matter.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+. 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.