Lessons

Tech & Innovation - Upper-Intermediate

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

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.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate 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+

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+

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.

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+

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+