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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. 
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

US soccer: Will Americans ever care about football?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about soccer, rugby, and American football. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about soccer, rugby, and American football. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features the difference between while and as. In the cooperation activity students make a report on a controversial sports topic.
Speaking:
Soccer, American Football, Rugby
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Prepositions
Grammar:
Difference Between While & As
Cooperation:
Making a Report
Type of video: News Report / Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Soccer, American Football, Rugby
Soccer is known to be the 'world's most popular sport.' Ever wonder why this isn't true in the USA? This report investigates the evolution of American football compared to soccer and what differentiates it the most from soccer. Does soccer have a bright future in the US and will it ever be able to 'dethrone' American football?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

How to Become a Pro Soccer Player

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about becoming a professional soccer player. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about soccer and setting goals. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features verb patterns (gerunds & infinitives). In the cooperation activity students can make a speech or make a story.
Speaking:
Soccer, Setting Goals
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Verb Patterns (Gerunds & Infinitives)
Cooperation:
Making a Speech, Making a Story
Type of video: Commerical / Story / Documentary
Length of video: 2:49
Topics: Sports, Soccer, Professional Sports Player
As a boy, Nick Humphries dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but he faced a big challenge - he didn't even make the cut for his region's squad. Although he didn't make the team, he kept imagining what it must be like to play in the big leagues which pushed his will to succeed. With hard work, dedication, and passion he turned his dream into a reality.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Soccer and World Cup Brings Worlds Together

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how soccer brings people together. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the World Cup and soccer. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features present simple vs past simple. In the cooperation activity students can create questions and have an interview.
Speaking:
Soccer, World Cup, Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-Blanks
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Present Simple vs Past Simple
Cooperation:
Creating Questions, Having an Interview
Type of video: Short Documentary / News Report
Length of video: 2:04
Topics: Sports, Soccer, Culture
The World Cup of soccer is such a great global event not only because of the sport, but also because it builds intercultural bonds between people. Aziz Abu Sarah shows how race, religion, and language don't matter when it's time to play the world's most popular game.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

It's not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how commuting impacts our life. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about commuting and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present simple vs continuous, the first conditional, and a review of tenses. In the cooperation activity students can create a personal lifestyle or make YouTube comments.
Speaking:
Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Multiple Choice, True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Present Simple - Continuous / First conditional / Review of Tenses
Cooperation:
Creating a Personal Lifestyle, Making YouTube Comments
Type of video: Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:44
Topics: Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Let's face it - we all know commuting isn't much fun and can be really stressful. Anyone who commutes long distances regularly knows how big of an impact it has on your lifestyle, but so many of us still continue to do it. How can we make the most of our daily commutes to work and school?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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!
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.

The Science Behind the Impossible Burger

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about burgers, food, and vegetarianism. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about burgers and vegetarianism. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between state / action verbs and prepositions of place. In the cooperation activity students can create a website, do an interview, or make a video concept.
Speaking:
Burgers, Food, Vegetarianism
Viewing:
True / False, Multiple Choice, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
State - Action Verbs / Prepositions of Place
Cooperation:
Creating a Website, Doing an Interview, Making a Video Concept.
Type of video: Product Commercial / News Report
Length of video: 3:49
Topics: Burgers, Food, Vegetarianism
A burger that looks, smells, tastes, and even "bleeds" like a beef burger, but made entirely from...plants? That's impossible, right? Well - not exactly. The Impossible Burger is a trendy plant-based burger now on the market, which creates the same exact sensory experience as eating a normal burger.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Blockbuster Video Has Become An Alaskan Tourist Attraction

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the video rental chain, Blockbuster. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about media and video rentals. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present perfect vs past simple, past simple vs continuous, and present perfect vs past perfect. In the cooperation activity students can give a speech, have a meeting, or make an interview.
Speaking:
Media, Video Rentals
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Pres. Perfect - Past Simple / Past Simple - Continuous / Pres. - Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Giving a Speech, Having a Meeting, Making an Interview
Type of video: News Report / Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:14
Topics: Media, Video Renting
Blockbuster - the biggest video rental chain in the US was a big part of American culture back in the 80's, with thousands of stores making big profits across the country. When digital streaming came along, Blockbuster was forced into bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean it was completely wiped from the map. One of the last standing is in Alaska.
*Suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Czech businessman leads vinyl revival

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how vinyl is making a comeback. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music, media, and vinyl. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the zero-conditional (if statements), the preposition & prefix 'over,' and past perfect. In the cooperation activity students do business planning or a presentation.
Speaking:
Music, Media, Vinyl
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False, Number Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
'If' statements / Preposition & Prefix 'over' / Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Business Planning, Presentation
Type of video: News Report / Documentary
Length of video: 2:54
Topics: Music, Vinyl, Business
The recent boom in vinyl record was an unforeseen development in a music industry ever changed by downloads and internet sales. When most factories switched to CDs in the 1990s, Zdenek Pelc believed in the material enough to hold onto his machinery and staff.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced 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+

Belgian Brewery Builds Beer Pipeline

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about an underground beer pipeline in Bruges, Belgium. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about beer and brewing. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the present perfect continuous, -ing (gerund) clauses, and verb patterns. In the cooperation activity students can make prizes, create a concept, give a presentation, make an interview, or make proposals.
Speaking:
Beer, Brewing, Culture
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Number Matching, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect Continuous, -ing (Gerund) Clauses, Verb Patterns
Cooperation:
Making Prizes, Concepts, Giving Presentations, Making Interviews / Proposals
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 2:22
Topics: Beer, Brewery, Culture
Yes, you read it right. The medieval town of Bruges, Belgium is a popular tourist destination with great beer - beer which can now be tapped out of a two-mile long pipeline built beneath the cobbled streets of the town. Xavier Vanneste, the brewery owner behind this crazy project, talks about his family business and the new pipeline.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.

Inside the College for Weed Entrepreneurs

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a marijuana course at Oaksterdam University. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about marijuana and universities. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between say vs tell, and informal contractions (cuz, kinda, gonna, etc). In the cooperation activity students can give a presentation, write reviews, or create a new course topic.
Speaking:
Marijuana, Universities
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers, Mark What You See, Matching Sentences
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Cotext Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Difference Between Say vs Tell / Informal Contractions
Cooperation:
Giving a Presentation, Writing Reviews, Creating a New Course
Type of video: Short Documentary / News Report
Length of video: 6:49
Topics: Marijuana, University Program
Whoever thought the day would come where you could study marijuana in college? A reporter goes inside 'Oaksterdam University' where you learn about and hear about a range of marijuana-related topics as well as what exactly goes on inside a school like this.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.

"It's a-me, Mario!" - Voice Actor for Mario

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a short sci-fi film and do a listening exercise about the guy who does the voice for Super Mario. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Super Mario, video games, and voice acting. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature past simple vs present perfect and used to + base verb. In the cooperation activity students create quotes, write fan-mail, or create a plot concept.
Speaking:
Super Mario, Voice Acting, Video Games
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Past Simple vs Present Perfect / Used to + base verb
Cooperation:
Creating Quotes, Writing Fan-Mail, Creating a Plot Concept
Type of video: Biography / Story
Length of video: 3:05
Topics: Super Mario, Voice Acting, Video Games
“Lets-a go!” “Mamma Mia!” Some people recognize this voice immediately, as countless hours have been spent adventuring inside the world of Super Mario for Nintendo. Meet the guy with the legendary voice of Mario and how he got the gig in the first place.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Smoothini: Magician on America’s Got Talent

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Smoothini' - a bar magician performing on America's Got Talent. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about magic, magicians, and performances. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature question formation in the present continuous, present perfect continuous, and pronunciation. In the cooperation activity students can be judges, make plans, or do a role-play.
Speaking:
Magic, Magicians, Performances
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Matching Sentences, Mark What You See
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions (Present Continuous), Present Perfect Continuous, Pronunciation
Cooperation:
Judging, Making Plans, Role-play
Type of video: Entertaining Performance
Length of video: 3:36
Topics: Magic, Performance
Smoothini describes himself as ‘The Ghetto Houdini”. A charming guy who was formerly in the marines but now does magic full-time to support his son. Watch him go on the big stage on America's Got Talent and blow people’s minds with his simple ‘bar’ magic.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Straight Outta Compton: Inside Look

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the film 'Straight Outta Compton' and 1990's rap music. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music and rap. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the passive voice and informal contractions. In the cooperation activity students can create a group profile, or do research + a presentation.
Speaking:
Music, Rap
Viewing:
True / False, Multiple Choice, Matching Sentences, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Passive Voice / Informal Contractions (outta, gonna, gotta, wanna)
Cooperation:
Creating a Group Profile, Doing Research + a Presentation.
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:06
Topics: Music, Rap
The pioneers of gangster rap, Ice Cube and NWA express what life was like in Compton, California through controversial lyrics in the early 1990’s. The reporters ask Ice Cube and his son how they would compare life today in Compton.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+. This topic can contain sensitive subjects. Please use at your own discretion and consider if the topic is appropriate for your student(s) or class.