Lessons

Tech & Innovation - Intermediate

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

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate 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+

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+

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+

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 this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a viewing 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 news reports.
Speaking:
Electronic Cigarettes, Normal Cigarettes
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Nouns, 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.