Lessons

Travel & Transport - Pre-Intermediate

In This Class You Eat Ice Cream

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a university which offers ice cream courses. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about food, ice cream, and school. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to ice cream and school. The grammar exercises feature present simple, present perfect simple / continuous, and the second conditional. In the cooperation activity students make slogans, courses, do a trivia activity, & more.
Speaking:
Ice Cream, Food, School
Viewing:
Short Answers, Number Matching, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Pres. Simple / Pres. Perfect Simple vs Continuous / Second Conditional
Cooperation:
Slogans, Creating Courses, Trivia Activity
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:12
Topics: Ice Cream, Food, School
Dr. Bob Roberts runs the ice cream courses at Penn State University, and talks about why ice cream is so special and what exactly students study in the course.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 13+

Meet the World's Oldest Hockey Player

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the oldest hockey player in the world. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about age and sports. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to age, sports, and hockey. The grammar exercises feature prepositions of time and superlative adjectives. In the cooperation activity students do interviews and create their own documentary scenes.
Speaking:
Ageism, Hockey, Sports
Viewing:
Short Answers, Number Matching, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Expressions
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time / Superlative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Interview Questions, Creating a Documentary, Quotes
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 2:44
Topics: Ageism, Hockey, Sports
The oldest hockey player in the world, Mark Sertich, is 95 years old and still plays hockey. An inspirational character who talks about his daily routine and his life playing hockey with the local firefighters in the community.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop Experience

In these ESL lesson plans 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 feature the difference between can / could, using adverbs, and the passive tense. In the cooperation activity students do interviews and have an imaginative discussion about travel.
Speaking:
Modern Transportation, Travel, Hyperloop
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Order of Events
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Expressions, Verbs
Grammar:
Can vs Could / Adverbs / Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Imaginative Discussion, Interview
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+

The Best Crepes in Paris

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the best crepes in Paris. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sweet foods, Paris, and crepes. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions of place and movement. In the cooperation activity, students can have fun creating a menu, asking for recommendations, or practice writing.
Speaking:
Sweet Foods, Crepes, Paris
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases
Grammar:
Prepositions of Place / Movement
Cooperation:
Create a Menu, Ask for Recommendations, Creative Writing
Type of video: Food & Travel Tour
Length of video: 2:44
Topics: Crepes, Paris, Sweet Foods
Find out where the best spots are in Paris for eating true French-style crepes!
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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+

How to Start a Presentation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to start a presentation. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about presentations and how to start strongly. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use 'going to' and 'will'. In the cooperation activity, students create a presentation introduction.
Speaking:
Introduction, Starting a Presentation
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Put Topics in Order
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Prepositions, CCQ
Grammar:
How to use 'Be + Going to' and 'Will'
Cooperation:
Role Play - Create a Presentation Introduction
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:27
Topics: How to Start a Presentation
How to start a presentation is one of the most important things your presentation needs to have. Starting with a good, engaging story is a strong way to open your presentation and connect with your audience. This tip explains why the cliche sentence "Today I'm going to talk to you about..." should be avoided and different ways you can find inspiration for a good story to tell your audience.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Phone Call: Customer Order Taking

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video of a sample customer service call for placing an order. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about exchanging information, spelling emails, and customer service. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. For grammar, students do an activity on modal verbs for polite requests. In the cooperation activity, students do a customer service call role play.
Speaking:
Exchanging Information, Customer Service, Spelling Emails
Viewing:
Short Answers, Correct the Mistakes, Phrases Used
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Multiple Choice, CCQ, Images + Discussion
Grammar:
Modal Verbs for Polite Requests
Cooperation:
Role play - Customer Service Call
Type of video: Customer Call Sample / Business
Length of video: 1:55
Topics: Customer Service Call
A customer calls a florist's customer call center, and places an order for a dozen roses with an agent. They exchange information and ask questions about the order.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Replying to Business & Personal Emails

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about replying to business and personal emails. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about making arrangements, apologizing, and confirming times. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions of time. In the cooperation activity, students reply to emails and use prepositions of time.
Speaking:
Making Arrangements, Apologizing in Emails, Prepositions of Time
Viewing:
Fill in the Blanks, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Email Phrases, CCQ
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time
Cooperation:
Replying to Emails
Type of video: Educational / Instructional
Length of video: 5:20
Topics: Replying to Emails
Jennifer demonstrates how to reply to emails. She shows excellent real life examples and explains how to write clearly and improve email writing skills.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Useful Phrases for Email Inquiries

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about useful email phrases for inquiries. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about inquiries. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on contractions. In the cooperation activity, students do an activity on writing an email inquiry for business.
Speaking:
Email Inquiries
Viewing:
Fill in the Blanks, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Email Phrases, Contractions, CCQ
Grammar:
Contractions
Cooperation:
Writing and Email Inquiry
Type of video: Educational / Instructional
Length of video: 4:33
Topics: Email Inquiries
Jennifer demonstrates how to write the perfect email inquiry. She shows excellent real life examples and explains how to write clearly and improve email writing skills.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

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+

What are you looking for for Christmas? English for Beginners.

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a grandpa learning English to be able to speak English with his granddaughter who he meets for the first time. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Christmas, learning English, and gifts. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the the verb 'to be' in the present / past simple. In the cooperation activity, students write Christmas cards and tell stories.
Speaking:
Christmas, Gifts, English
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Yes / No Sentences, Finish Sentences
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching
Grammar:
Verb (to be) - Present and Past Simple
Cooperation:
Writing Christmas Cards, Story Telling
Type of video: Short Story / Commercial
Length of video: 2:59
Topics: Christmas, Gifts, Learning English
A grandpa orders a book and audio training for English for Beginners - so that he's able to speak English with his granddaughter who he will meet for the first time during the holidays. A sweet, teary-eyed short story that shows the bright side of Christmas spirit and value of family.
*Most suitable for beginners - pre-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Santa Claus is Real

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the "real" Santa Claus who legally changed his name to - yes - Santa Claus. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Christmas and Santa. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between say and tell. In the cooperation activity, there are options to create a conversation or interview.
Speaking:
Christmas, Santa Claus
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Activity
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Difference Between Say & Tell
Cooperation:
Creating Conversation, Creating an Interview
Type of video: Cinematic Story / Interview
Length of video: 2:04
Topics: Christmas / Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus does exist - and he lives in Long Island, not the North Pole! But as you'll see, he's not your traditional Santa and has his own unique personality. His name on his driver's license actually reads 'Santa Claus.' What do you think his wife thinks about this?
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

Friends: Joey and the Turkey

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip about Joey getting a Thanksgiving turkey stuck on his head. It features discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, Thanksgiving, and turkey. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar activity features the future tense with 'gonna.' In the cooperation activity, there are options for story-telling, creating TV scenes, or leaving a voice-mail.
Speaking:
Thanksgiving, Turkey
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Going to / 'Gonna'
Cooperation:
Creating a new TV scene, Leaving a Voice-Mail, Story-telling
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 1:56
Topics: Thanksgiving, Funny Situations
Joey gets a Thanksgiving turkey stuck on his head when he wants to scare Chandler. He succeeds in the end, but not in the original way he planned.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video clip about population through a demonstration using glasses of water. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and overpopulation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features comparative adjectives. In the cooperation activity, students can do time travel activity, discuss other global issues, and create news reports.
Speaking:
Overpopulation, Global Issues
Viewing:
True / False, Number Matching, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Comparative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Time Travel, Discussing Global Issues, News Reports
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:33
Topics: Population, Global Issues
Get an overview of how population is growing and what we can expect for the future. A demonstration done using glasses of water and birth rates and death rates.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Friends: Joey Doesn't Share Food!

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video clip from the TV series 'Friends' with Joey on a date with a girl. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about first dates, dating, and restaurant culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on past continuous. In the cooperation activity, students talk more about first dates and create their own dating situations.
Speaking:
Dating, First Dates, Restaurant Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images
Grammar:
Past Continuous
Cooperation:
Discussing Date Ideas
Type of video: TV Series Clip
Length of video: 4:48
Topics: Dating, First Dates, Restaurant Culture
Joey goes on a date with a girl, but we all know Joey doesn't share food. When she takes his fries, Joey can't handle it. He pays her back by eating all of her chocolate cake when she steps away for a call. And he's not even sorry.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+