Lessons

Travel & Transport

700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop Experience

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the Hyperloop. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about modern transportation and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to transportation. The grammar exercises features the passive voice. In the cooperation activity students do a summary activity and have an imaginative discussion about travel.
Speaking:
Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Expressions, Nouns, Adjectives, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Summary, Hyperloop Experience Activity
Type of video: Informational / News Report
Length of video: 4:38
Topics: Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
This video is a news report which contains interviews and discussions with people involved in the Hyperloop project. The reporter explores questions about the basic of the Hyperloop, the challenges for its construction, and how it will revolutionize and impact transportation as we know it.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

United - Safety is Global: Official Safety Video

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the safety procedures and instructions for flying with United. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about flying and flights. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use the subordinate conjunctions "as" and "in order to". There is also a quiz & review section which includes bonus activities.
Speaking:
Flying & Flights
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Multiple Choice, Images, Synonyms, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use "as" and "in order to"
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Instructional Video
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Flights & Flying
United Airlines employees guide you through the safety demonstrations, procedures, and regulations for their flights, but in an entertaining kind of way.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+.

Beach Essentials | Laureen Uy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a girl, Laureen, who explains the essentials on what to bring to the beach. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the beach. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features positive and negative sentences in the past simple. There is also a quiz & review and a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Beach Holidays / Vacations
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choose the Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Vocabulary Definition Matching, Image Matching
Grammar:
Past Simple (positive & negative sentences)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Travel Vlog
Length of video: 3:15
Topics: Going to the beach, Beach Essentials
Laureen Uy has listed a few things she usually brings with her when she goes to the beach. Don't forget to subscribe to her channel!
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+.

New York City Vacation Travel Guide

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about traveling to New York City. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about New York City. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on the difference between 'it's' and 'its.' There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
New York City Travel, Facts, and Trivia
Viewing:
Numbers, Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Quotes, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'it's' and 'its'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, Questions for New Yorkers
Type of video: Travel Guide
Length of video: 6:00
Topics: New York City Travel Guide
New York City has been shaped by immigrants and colonists, and it's now considered the melting pot of America. Home to over 8 million people and hosting over 50 million visitors per year, New York City is full of fun, skyscrapers, art, and culture.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Amsterdam Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about traveling to Amsterdam. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Amsterdam. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on using so + adjective / adverb + that. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Amsterdam Travel, Facts, and Trivia
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use so + [adjective / adverb] + that
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review, Amsterdam Travel Itinerary
Type of video: Travel Guide
Length of video: 5:19
Topics: Amsterdam Travel Guide
Amsterdam is the largest city in The Netherlands, also known as Holland. The fun-loving Dutch welcome 3.5 million tourists a year, making Amsterdam one of the top destinations in Europe.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

How Mass Tourism is Destroying Cities

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the causes and effects of tourism. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about tourism and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on the passive voice in the present continuous. There is also a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Tourism & Travel
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice in Present Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Effects of Tourism
Tourism has been on the rise over the past few decades. However, it's been coming with a range of negative impacts on the well-being of global cities and destinations. TRT World takes a look at four major ways cities are being impacted by mass tourism.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Top 10 Places to Visit in Chile

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the top places to travel in Chile. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the city where you live, making recommendations, and the outdoors. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on definite and indefinite articles. In the cooperation activity, students can recommend things to do when traveling. It includes a bonus activity where students can give directions.
Speaking:
Travel, Recommendations in your City / Country, Giving Directions
Viewing:
Short Answers, Fill in the Blanks
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Dialogue
Grammar:
Definite & Indefinite Articles
Cooperation:
Recommendations for Visitors / Travelers
Type of video: Travel Vlog & Tips
Length of video: 5:45
Topics: Travel, Recommendations, Outdoors, Nature
Steve shows you the main hghlights of Chile and all of the outdoor wonder you can experience if you're ever lucky enough to go backpacking through the country.
*Most suitable for intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

Top Places for Travel This Year

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the top travel destinations this year. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about traveling, free time, making recommendations, and vacations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on have + got + noun and have + got + infinitive. In the cooperation activity, students can create a dialogue conversation about travel.
Speaking:
Free Time, Travel, Recommendations, Vacations
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Dialogue
Grammar:
Have + Got + Noun / Have + Got + Infinitive
Cooperation:
Dialogue Conversation about Travel
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 4:19
Topics: Travel, Free Time, Hotels, Outdoor Activities
This news report dives into some of the top travel destinations for this year, showing all of the great recommendations you can check out in several locations in the USA and one in Europe. Get some hotel recommendations on top of it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Experience NYC with Locals

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about Airbnb Experiences in New York City. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about traveling, Airbnb, hosts, guests, and New York City. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the passive voice. In the cooperation activity, students can create an Airbnb 'Experiences' ad and write an inquiry to an Airbnb host.
Speaking:
Traveling, Airbnb, New York City
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Fill in the Blanks, Matching
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases, Dialogue
Grammar:
Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Create an Airbnb Ad, Write an Inquiry
Type of video: Commercial / Travel
Length of video: 2:29
Topics: Airbnb, New York City, Traveling
Explore some of the unique experiences you can take part in on Airbnb and what kind of opportunities you can have to to experience NYC with the locals.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Inside Uber's Self-Driving Car

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a news report on self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about self-driving cars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features prepositions. In the cooperation activity students can create a new type of technology.
Speaking:
Self-Driving Cars, Driving, Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Prepositions
Cooperation:
Creating New Technology Concept
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 2:12
Topics: Self-Driving Cars, Uber, Technology
Pittsburgh's mayor says that innovation always comes before regulation, and he wants to give Pittsburgh the chance to become a leader in the field of automotive innovation. Meet a self-driving Uber - a car that could revolutionize transport as we know it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Our ride in a self-driving Uber

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a news report on self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about self-driving cars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features prepositions with driving. In the cooperation activity students can create a new type of technology.
Speaking:
Self-Driving Cars, Driving, Technology
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Road / Car Categorization
Grammar:
Prepositions with Driving
Cooperation:
Creating New Technology Concept
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 3:15
Topics: Self-Driving Cars, Uber, Technology
Uber comes to Pittsburgh with an innovative twist to the car-sharing economy - self-driving cars. Why Pittsburgh? How does a self-driving car work? How far away are we from this becoming a normal thing? How do Uber drivers feel about this? Hop in a ride and check out the answers with a CNN reporter and the director of Uber Advanced Technologies.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a blind man who gets behind the wheel of a self-driving car. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about self-driving cars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features the superlative + present perfect. In the cooperation activity students can create their own documentary scene.
Speaking:
Self-Driving Cars, Technology
Viewing:
Matching Sentences, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Road-related Vocabulary
Grammar:
Superlative + Present Perfect
Cooperation:
Creating a Documentary Scene
Type of video: Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:01
Topics: Self-Driving Cars, Technology
Hop in a self-driving Google car with Steve Mahan, a blind man who gets to enjoy the luxury of riding in a self-driving car as a "driver." This is what the future of automobive transportation holds for society.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

An E-Bike With a Retro Feel

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a man who created a startup company selling retro electric bicycles. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about bicycles. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature reflexive pronouns and relative pronouns. In the cooperation activity students can create a website or a story.
Speaking:
Bicycles, Startups
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Reflexive Pronouns / Relative Pronouns
Cooperation:
Creating a Website, Creating a Story
Type of video: News Report / Story
Length of video: 3:09
Topics: Bicycles, Startups
American start up, Vintage Electric, is determined to create hand-made electric bikes in the land where the car is king. The company wants to take a stand against planned obsolescence, designing timeless products that are built to last for generations.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

10 Tips: How to Survive a Long Flight

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about tips for surviving a long flight. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about flying and flights. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature the future tense (will vs going to), get + adjectives, verb structures (get and have). In the cooperation activity students create stories or make a travel vlog.
Speaking:
Flying, Flights, Travel
Viewing:
Short Answers, Mark What You See, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Future (will vs going to) / Get + Adjectives / Verb Structures (Get / Have)
Cooperation:
Story-telling, Making a Vlog
Type of video: Vlog
Length of video: 4:05
Topics: Traveling, Flights, Tips
We all love travelling but long flights can be a drag. Learn what you can do in order to enhance your overall experience with two guys who know best, giving you all the tips you need to get through a long flight.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Can Our Minds Handle a Mission to Mars?

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about an experiment to prepare psychologically for a trip to Mars. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Mars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature the passive voice, modal verbs, and the difference between even / even if / even though. In the cooperation activity students plan a trip, make interviews, or vlog recordings.
Speaking:
Mars Colonization, Facts
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive / Modal Verbs / Difference between even, even if, even though
Cooperation:
Planning a trip to Mars, Making Interviews, Making Vlog Recordings
Type of video: News Report / Interviews
Length of video: 5:00
Topics: Mars Mission, Experiment
Big plans to colonize Mars are already in the making. However, one important question needs to be analyzed - Will humans be able to psychologically sustain such a challenging mission?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+