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All : phrasal verbs

Born Without Arms: Inspirational Mother & Son

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about a mother and her son who were born without arms, but learned how to live a normal life despite their circumstances. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about disabilities, life challenges, and surgery Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between despite and even though. In the cooperation activity, students can plan a non-profit organization, tell a story, or talk about life goals.
Speaking:
Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery, Positive Mental Attitude
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Difference - Despite / Even though
Cooperation:
Non-Profit Organization, Telling a Story, Making Goals
Type of video: Interview / Short Documentary
Length of video: 2:58
Topics: Disabilities, Life Challenges, Surgery
A mother and her son were born with a rare condition that left them without arms, but it doesn't stop them from living a normal life or feeling any different than other people.
*Most suitable for upper intermediate - advanced 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+

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+

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+

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+

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.

This Couple Lives on a Bus

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a couple who lives on a bus. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about simple living and alternative lifestyles. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercises feature countable & uncountable nouns and adjective endings (-ed / -ing). In the cooperation activity students create tips, funny interviews, solve problems, or make headlines.
Speaking:
Simple Living, Alternative Lifestyle, Home Life
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Countable & Uncountable Nouns / Adjective Endings (-ed / -ing)
Cooperation:
Creating Tips, Funny Interviews, Solving problems, Making Headlines
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 3:42
Topics: Alternative Lifestyle, Simple Life
With the increasing cost of living in big cities like Chicago, young professionals are looking for alternative living solutions that can save them money and provide them a simpler way of life. Andy and Julie did exactly that and turned an old school bus into their home.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Space Hotels Aren't Sci-Fi Anymore

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.
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
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+

A Highway that Charges Your Electric Car

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about electric charging highways. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about cars and transportation technology. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the difference between comparative & superlative adjectives, and parts of speech. In the cooperation activity students form opinions, make quotes, or make a video review.
Speaking:
Cars, Transportation Tech, Innovation
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Comparative - Superlative Adjectives / Parts of Speech
Cooperation:
Forming Opinions, Making Quotes, Making a Video Review
Type of video: News Report / Interviews
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Car, Technology, Transportation, Innovation
Even though electric cars have made a big boom on the market, still one consumer fear remains - running out of battery while you’re driving. This has sparked discussion about constructing highways which can charge your electric vehicle as you drive. Is it feasible?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 16+

How to Create the Perfect Philly Cheesesteak

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about one's hometown, food, cooking, and American sandwiches. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature prepositions of place and correlative comparisons. In the cooperation activity students do an activity on cooking and shops.
Speaking:
Hometowns, Food, American Sandwiches
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Prepositions of Place, Correlative Comparisons
Cooperation:
Cooking, Shops
Type of video: Instructional Recipe
Length of video: 2:38
Topics: Cooking, Cheesesteak, Sandwiches
Tony Luke, a sandwich connoisseur, shows you how to make the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak, including his secret formula and methodology.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+