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ESL Pub quiz
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ESL Pub quiz

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Aim- to test and develop student’s general knowledge and introduce them to an aspect of British Culture - the pub quiz Firstly, students read about the origins of a pub quiz and learn how they work. (teams, a quiz-master, question rounds, a prize) Secondly, students work together in teams to compete in a pub quiz. The question rounds are: Geography, History, Music, Sport, Famous People, Maths
ESL Places in the City
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ESL Places in the City

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Level: Elementary Aim: Students learn/ review 15 words for places in a city then practise asking for and giving directions. Vocabulary in this lesson: Park School Café Hotel Cinema Train Station Police Station Supermarket Fire Station Bank Restaurant Post Office Pet Shop Hospital Book Shop Grammar in this lesson: The hotel is on 3rd Street. The hotel is opposite the restaurant. The café is next to the hotel. The hotel is between the café and the cinema. The school is behind the hotel. The café is at the corner of 1st Street and 3rd Street.
ESL Movies / Films
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ESL Movies / Films

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Level: Intermediate Aim: Students learn 9 movies genres and words related to movies. Then they learn how to talk about the setting, plot and characters. Finally, they listen to a piece of music and imagine a movie scene which they will then describe to their partner. Lesson Vocabulary : Movie Genres Action Martial Arts Animated Western Sci-Fi Horror Super Hero Rom-Com Comedy Movie Language Plot Characters Scene Setting Soundtrack Cast Special Effects Director
ESL Island Survival Story Lesson
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ESL Island Survival Story Lesson

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Level: Lower intermediate - intermediate Aim: Students follow a survival story in which they land on a desert island. They must use problem solving skills and creativity to survive.
Interactive Role-play Story Lessons
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Interactive Role-play Story Lessons

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These are “choose your own story” style lessons, similar to the Black Mirror episode - Bandersnatch Treasure Hunt (tomb-raider-story) Aim: to develop student’s problem solving skills and introduce them to coded messages and keys In this role-play lesson, students will need to help Lara Croft and Indiana Jones in their search for a lost pirate treasure. They must solve riddles and decode messages in order to progress from clue to clue. Throughout the lesson students will have to make choices that affect what happens and their actions will be scored. Spy Lesson (Stopping a bomb threat) Aim: to develop student’s problem solving skills and get them to evaluate decisions in groups In this role-play lesson, students act as spies while searching for stolen radioactive material that will be used for a bomb. They must interview suspects, look for clues and decode messages in the search for their target. Throughout the lesson students will have to make choices that affect what happens and their actions will be scored.
ESL Psychology Tests
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ESL Psychology Tests

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Level: Intermediate + Aim: Students learn about Psychology (the study of the mind and human behaviour) and psychology tests. Students try 4 psychology tests (The Rorschach Inkblot , The Stroop Effect, The Cube, A Personality Quiz) and work together with a partner while discussing them.
ESL Graffiti and Banksy
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ESL Graffiti and Banksy

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Level: Upper-intermediate (adult political themes) Aim: Students learn more about graffiti and the different motivations behind this illegal activity. Students read 3 brief newpaper reports about Banksy’s political graffiti. (Anti-immigration pigeons, Steve Jobs in the Calais refugee camp, French Embassy teargas incident) Students discuss the effectiveness of using street art to draw the media’s attention to politically sensitive topics.
ESL Murder Mystery - Detective Story
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ESL Murder Mystery - Detective Story

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Level: Intermediate Aim: Students learn 6 new words related to crime and practise using adverbs of certainty. Students work together in 2 murder mystery roleplays in which they need to piece together the evidence to catch the killers. Lesson Vocabulary: Crime Scene Evidence Murder weapon Witnesses Suspects Motive Lesson Grammar: It can’t be… It probably isn’t… It may/might/could be… It probably is… It definitely is…
ESL Memory Games Brain Training
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ESL Memory Games Brain Training

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Level: Lower-Upper Intermediate Aim: 1 Students learn about different memory techniques that can assist learning English (tips for remembering names, breaking a long word into smaller chunks, using mnemonics etc.) 2 Students practise training their brains by remembering information in different memory games (the name game, memorising numbers and words, spot the missing word review, pair picture descriptions)
ESL Reading Skills
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ESL Reading Skills

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Reading Skills Aim: Students read an article about a man who marries a robot. In this lesson they: Predict useful words from the title and pictures Skim read Scan read Detail read Discuss the topic Reading skills 2 - (With handout Plumff and Jubulu) Aim: Students practise using context to help understand unknown words. In this lesson they: -Discuss context clues -Read a text including made up words and answer reading comprehension questions -Read a text including very difficult vocabulary and match synonyms
ESL Travel Adventure Lessons
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ESL Travel Adventure Lessons

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Hitch-hike - Aim: Students learn all about hitch-hiking and discuss it in a debate (Attached video - Hitch-hiking in China, social experiment) Bucket list - Aim: Students share their lists of things they want to do before they die and things they recommend doing. (Attached video - around the world in 360 degrees selfie) World Wonders - Aim: Students learn about the world wonders (from ancient to modern) then they discuss the lists and create their own version. Cheap Travel Tips - Aim: Students learn about different ways to save money on transport and accommodation when they travel. They debate which is better, going with a tour group or independent travel. Finally, they create a weekend itinerary for the local area (with the goal of spending as little money as possible).
ESL Describing People
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ESL Describing People

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Aim: to describe people’s facial features such as skin/eye color, hair style and length as well as other details like accessories and tattoos. This lesson uses the context of a witness working with a police artist to practise describing people in a fun and creative way.
ESL Euphemisms
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ESL Euphemisms

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Aim: for students to understand when and how to use euphemisms Students discuss the reasons for using Euphemisms. Then students are introduced to many examples of euphemisms and must use them in writing and speaking activities.
ESL Pirate Treasure Map
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ESL Pirate Treasure Map

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Level: Beginner - Elementary (Could be made harder for Lower Intermediate) Aim: Students learn about pirates and make a treasure map. Vocabulary: beach, lake, mountain, volcano, island, castle, river, forest, desert, cave Grammar: in the north of / to the north of
ESL Days of the Week
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ESL Days of the Week

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Level: Beginner Aim: Students learn the days of the week with a focus on pronunciation and spelling. The song in the lesson should be sung to the tune of “Heigh Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
ESL Hobbies
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ESL Hobbies

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WARNING - This lesson is just an example of what you could teach about hobbies. It cannot be used exactly how it is. If you want to use this lesson, you will need to change many slides to personalise it about your own hobby. Aim: Students practise fluency in speaking and listening while giving a presentation about their main hobby and asking questions about their peer’s hobbies. The Lesson plan: 1 Students brainstorm as many hobbies as they can think of then discuss which ones they love/hate 2 The teacher gives a presentation about their own hobby (What, when, where, who, why, how) (These slides must be created on your own. I have uploaded my own example to give you an idea.) 3 Students then ask the teacher follow-up questions about their hobby. 4 Next students prepare to talk about their hobby. In small groups they take turns to present and ask further questions. 5 Finally, students discuss past and future hobbies.
ESL Cockney Rhyming Slang
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ESL Cockney Rhyming Slang

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Aim: to teach students about rhyming words while raising their awareness of the east London Cockney culture This fun lesson introduces 11 Cockney Rhyming Slang phrases in a game of Balderdash. Students guess the meaning of the phrases by brainstorming other words that rhyme, looking at the phrases in context and using picture clues.
ESL Art Dealer Game
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ESL Art Dealer Game

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Based on the boardgame “Masterpiece” Aim: In this lesson students must buy and sell paintings in auctions. They must use their sales skills to persuade other players to pay more money for their artwork. The winner is the player with the most money at the end of the game. Teacher preparation: Must print out the game board and 21 painting cards + 21 secret value cards You will need: counters (You can use coins), a die, 21 paper clips (optional) Instructions for how to play are very clear in the PPT
ESL Animal Conservation
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ESL Animal Conservation

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This lesson series was developed for my National Geographic Educator Certification Program. To complete the program I had to make a video explanation of the lesson aims and outcomes. You can watch the video to get a sense of the lesson by clicking the NG Capstone project link. Aim: Students learn about Panda Conservation then take action to create posters that raise awareness about other mistreated animals in China. Panda Conservation Lesson 1- Pre-teach the conservation language (habitat, poacher, predator etc) 2- Reading tasks (transcript from a video) 3- Listening tasks (watch the video) 4- In depth comprehension questions about the reading and charts. 5- Discussion - Is the Panda safe from extinction? China’s Wildlife Protection Law Lesson 1- Introduce the situation of bear bile farms, tiger farms and shark finning 2- In groups, students do independent research and create posters 3- Students share what they’ve learned with each other
ESL Picture Presentation Lesson (Preview)
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ESL Picture Presentation Lesson (Preview)

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This lesson aims to develop student public speaking skills, teamwork and fluency. Students must work together to create stories for each picture and tell them to the group. For more unique variations of this lesson, please see “ESL Picture Presentation Lessons”. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/esl-picture-presentation-lessons-11936776