Lessons

Travel & Adventure - Upper-Intermediate

700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop Experience

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
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.
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+

Space Hotels Aren't Sci-Fi Anymore

Speaking:
Hotels, Outer Space
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Question Formation (in the present simple) / Second Conditional
Cooperation:
Make an Imaginative Experience, Story-telling, Creating a Concept
In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about space hotels. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about hotels and outer space. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature question formation in the present simple and the second conditional. In the cooperation activity students make an imaginative experience, describe a special kind of trip with photos, or create a new concept.
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:29
Topics: Space Technology, Hotels
Imagine looking down at planet Earth from a bedroom in space. Sounds like a sci-fi story, but Robert Bigelow, a real estate mogul, is serious about getting the first space hotels up and running.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+

Jumbo Drone that Carries Humans

Speaking:
Drones, Helicopters
Viewing:
True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Question Formation (in the past simple / present perfect) / to be + going to / Adverbs
Cooperation:
Describing a Trip, Designing a Concept / Features, Creating Legislation
In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a drone that carries human passengers. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about drones and helicopters. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature question formation in the past simple / present perfect, going to, and adverbs. In the cooperation activity students describe a trip, design a concept, or create legislation.
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 2:58
Topics: Drones, Helicopters
A reporter does an interview with a team member for the the E-hang 184, which is a pretty cool big-boy toy - a passenger drone integrated with self-pilot functionality, which allows you to simply hop in and go. The team member explains how it works and how it compares to a helicopter.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

AirBnB Targets Business Travelers

Speaking:
AirBnB, Hotels, Uber, Sharing Economy
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Simple (adverbs of frequency) / to be used to + ing verb / Present Perfect Continuous
Cooperation:
Writing descriptions & reviews, Present an experience
In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about AirBnB and hotels. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about AirBnB and the sharing economy. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the present simple (adverbs of frequency), to be used to + ing verb, and present perfect continuous. In the cooperation activity students write descriptions, reviews or present an experience.
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 2:15
Topics: AirBnB, Hotels, Accommodation Services
AirBnB is now stepping up their game to focus more on business travelers, which has consequently created some friction with the hotel industry. Hotel owners argue that AirBnB doesn’t face the same level of regulation as they do. This news report dives into this bitter rivalry between the hotels and AirBnB service.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+

Can Our Minds Handle a Mission to Mars?

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
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.
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+

10 Tips: How to Survive a Long Flight

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
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.
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+

An E-Bike With a Retro Feel

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
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.
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+

Inside Uber's Self-Driving Car

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
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.
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+