Lessons

Upper-Intermediate

Breeding the World's Hottest Pepper

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the hottest pepper in the world. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about spicy food and hot peppers. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar features how to use indefinite / definite articles. In the cooperation activity students can do a quiz & review activity.
Speaking:
Spicy Food, Hot Peppers
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Other Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Indefinite & Definite Articles
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 3:18
Topics: Spicy Food, Hot Peppers
A hot lesson for your students about 'Smokin' Ed Currie and his prized possession - The Carolina Reaper. This is literally the hottest pepper in the world, breaking records on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. This thing looks just downright scary. Your students are sure to get a kick out of this one.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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+

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+

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+

How to Close a Sales Deal

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to close sales. It includes discussion questions and activities about closing sales, finalizing deals, and action plans. 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 the difference between above and beyond. In the cooperation activity, students can create and action plan.
Speaking:
Closing Sales, Finalizing Deals, Action Plans
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Sales Technique Matching
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Idioms, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between 'Above' and 'Beyond'
Cooperation:
Creating an Action Plan
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:10
Topics: Closing Sales
Craig frequently gets asked by clients: “Craig, how do we close a sales deal?” He believes there's so much angst around this subject, and that it isn't warranted. Closing a deal is the natural outcome of a sales process executed well.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Handling Customer Complaints: Defusing Frustration

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle customer complaints on the phone. It includes discussion questions and activities about customer service, and making & handling complaints. 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 using gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Customer Complaints, Customer Service
Viewing:
Short Answers, List the Events in Order, Fill in the Letters
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Terms, Phrases, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Using Gerunds
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Customer Complaints & Customer Service
An instructional video from Skillsoft about handling customer complaints, implementing effective customer service techniques, and how to deal with angry customers.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

Negotiation Deadlocks

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about negotiation deadlocks. It includes discussion questions and activities about deadlocks and how to resolve them. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to negotiations. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on present perfect + yet, still, and already. In the cooperation activity, students can resolve a negotiation deadlock related to their professional life.
Speaking:
Resolving Deadlocks
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect + Yet, Still, Already
Cooperation:
Resolving a Deadlock, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Negotiation Deadlocks
Simon Horton, an international negotiations coach, explains his three most valuable tips for resolving negotiation deadlocks.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 Steps for Achieving a Win-Win Negotiation

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to achieve a win-win negotiation. It includes discussion questions and speaking activities about negotiations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to negotiations. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on how to use 'neither' and 'whether.' In the cooperation activity, students can do an activity on how to achieve a win-win negotiation.
Speaking:
Negotiations, What Makes a Successful Negotiator
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers & Step Outline
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives + Nouns, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to Use 'neither' and 'whether'
Cooperation:
How to Achieve a Win-Win Negotiation, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:07
Topics: Negotiations & Achieving a Win-Win
Mindtools Learning Series digs into negotiations and explains what the main steps are in order to ensure a win-win negotiation.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 21+

5 of the Best Street Food Finds in London

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about street food in London. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about making food, London, and street food. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. In the cooperation activity, students can create their own street food concept and talk about how to make a signature dish.
Speaking:
Making Food, London, Flavor & Texture
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, CCQ Questions, Phrases
Grammar:
Phrases
Cooperation:
Street Food Concept, How to Make a Signature Dish
Type of video: Food & Travel Tour
Length of video: 5:45
Topics: Street Foods, London
Explore and discover the best spots in London for street food across a variety of different cultures.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

BBC - Using Graphs

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about different kinds of graphs and examples of what kind of data they present. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about describing and explaining graphs. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use tenses when explaining graphs. In the cooperation activity, students create a graph and describe it.
Speaking:
Different Kinds of Graphs, Describing Graphs
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Adjectives & Verbs for Describing Graphs
Grammar:
How to use the tenses to describe graphs
Cooperation:
Creating and Explaining Graphs
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:20
Topics: Different Kinds of Graphs
Sometimes it feels like we are under attack from numbers, and this video shows you how you can transform these numbers into something useful with the help of graphs. Learn about which graphs are best to use with different kinds of data. While you may have never thought that graphs could be exciting, this man will prove you wrong!
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 16+

How to End a Call or Visit Gracefully

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to end a call, conversation, or visit gracefully. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about reacting to proposals and ending phone calls. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on reported speech with say and tell. In the cooperation activity, students do a role play for ending a call.
Speaking:
Reacting to Proposals, Ending Phone Calls
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs, CCQ
Grammar:
Reported Speech: Say and Tell
Cooperation:
Role Play - Ending a Phone Call
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 4:04
Topics: Ending a Phone Call
Don Crawley explains why it can sometimes be difficult to end a conversation without being offensive, and shares some tips on how to approach ending a call or a visit with someone who talks a lot.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Chairing a Meeting

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video of an example corporate meeting. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about agreeing and disagreeing, starting a meeting, and expressing opinions. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. Students also do some activities using the important expressions and phrases they learned from the video. In the cooperation activity, students can do an example role play of a meeting, agreeing, disagreeing, and expressing opinions.
Speaking:
Agreeing, Disagreeing, Expressing Opinions at Meetings
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases and Expressions
Grammar:
Transforming Phrases
Cooperation:
Role Play Meeting - Agreeing, Disagreeing, Expressing Opinions
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 6:10
Topics: Example Meeting
An educational video about a meeting between department directors about some important agenda issues.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Explore Big White Ski Resort

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Big White ski resort in Canada. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about skiing, ski resorts, and winter holidays. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on conjunctions. In the cooperation activity, students can create a guide, make a review, or create a promotional video outline.
Speaking:
Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching
Grammar:
Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Create a Guide, Make a Review, Create a Promotional Video
Type of video: Interview / Promotional
Length of video: 3:49
Topics: Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Holidays
Explore Big White ski resort in Canada and what makes this resort stand out from all the others.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

How to Close a Sale - 5 Reasons Clients Don't Buy - M.T. N.U.T.

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some tips on how to make sales. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sales and business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adjectives / verbs + prepositions + gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on a creative acronym building activity.
Speaking:
Sales, Business Skills
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Matching, Context Usage, Sentences, Questions
Grammar:
Adjectives / Verbs + Prepositions + Gerund
Cooperation:
Creative Acronym Building
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 5:03
Topics: Sales, Business Skills
Learn how to close sales more effectively with a simple acronym.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+