Lessons

Tech & Innovation

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.

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. 

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!

Contact Lenses with Augmented Reality

In this ESL lesson plan 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, conversation, and other activities about nature about future technology. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercises feature the difference between going to vs will. There is also a quiz & review section which includes some bonus activities. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Future Technology, Virtual Reality
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Sentence Matching, Post-viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Missing Letters, Adjectives, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference between "be + going to" and "will"
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
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?

Meet the Pilot: Smart Earpiece Language Translator

In this ESL lesson plan 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 from the video. The grammar exercise features the present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous. There is also a quiz & review section with a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Languages, Translation, Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
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.

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.