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.
Level: Lower-Upper Intermediate
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)
Aim: to practise speaking about the future and making predictions
(In this lesson students begin by discussing fortune telling in their country. Then they will read a story about a fortune teller and answer comprehension questions. Following that, they will pretend to read each other’s fortunes using basic tarrot cards and palm reading.)
Aim: Students practise spelling, mental arithmetic and solving anagrams while playing the British game show, Countdown.
Aim: Students learn about phonemes and compete in a Jeopardy style quiz (Phoneme focus: /ʌ/- /u:/ -/ɔ:/- /i:/ )
Aim: Students review their vocabulary and spelling while playing 3 rounds of the British game show, Chain Letters.
Aim: Students review their vocabulary and spelling while finding obscure answers to general knowledge questions.
Aim: Students learn about common English idioms try to guess expressions with the help of picture and GIF clues.
Million Dollar Drop
Aim: Students gamble with game money while reviewing multiple choice questions about common grammar errors.
Aim: Students find links between connected words then create unique reasons to justify why other words are unconnected.
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
Level: Upper Intermediate
Aim: to introduce students to different target setting strategies
Students write a to-do-list about their week, then they practise prioritising the items on their list using the urgent/important grid. After that, they will watch a 3 minute TED talk and read the transcript about drawing goals. Taking inspiration from the video they will then draw their goals and then create 3 SMART targets to help them set their targets appropriately.
Aim: To develop student’s creative writing skills for storytelling and describing.
1- Characters - Using the theme of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
(TIPS: Show me don’t tell me, physical descriptions, clothing, the objects they carry, animal companions)
2- Setting - (TIPS: weather, seasons, environment, wildlife, senses, time period)
3- Short Stories - How to write a 4 paragraph short story.
(Includes: Hemingway inspired 6 word stories warm up, Main lesson focus on paragraph structure- introduction, problem, solution, conclusion )
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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.
Aim: Students act out 2 auctions. In the first they need to read about each item, to work out its true value, so that they can buy carefully to make a profit. In the second auction they must identify the common grammar mistakes in example sentences and buy correct sentences to win points.
Level: Lower - Upper Intermediate
Aim: Students learn about 5 supernatural creatures (witch, mummy, zombie, vampire, werewolf) and are quizzed about them. Following the quiz, students navigate a haunted house interactive story in which they must use what they know about each creature to survive.
Download and attach the sound clips to the relevant slides to create a scarier atmosphere for the story.
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.
Aim: Students read an article about a man who marries a robot.
In this lesson they:
Predict useful words from the title and pictures
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
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.
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
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 lessons to get students talking using numbers and charts.
1- Numbers - Aim: to practise using numbers and maths symbols with many pair discussion activities and games
2- Charts - Aim: students use pie charts, line graphs and Venn diagrams to talk about themselves with their partner
Aim: Students learn about Christmas traditions and words related to Christmas.
Vocabulary set: Rudolf, Santa Claus, Reindeer, Christmas Pudding, Star, Sleigh, Christmas Tree, Snowman, Stocking, Christmas Present, Chimney, Turkey
Activities: Vocab games, Writing a Christmas wish list, Making a Christmas card
The teacher pretends to be Santa Claus and gives a presentation about their life followed by questions.
Then the students prepare presentations about their lives while pretending to be different characters.
(Characters: The Abominable Snowman, Buddy the Elf, Rudolph, Olaf the Snowman, The Grinch and Elsa)
Aim: Students learn specific Christmas vocabulary so that they can complete a listening gap fill to a Christmas song.
Vocabulary set: Presents, Stocking, Christmas Tree, Santa, Reindeer, Toys, North pole, Fireplace, Lights, Sleigh, Mistletoe
Song: Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is you
Level : Lower-Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate
Aim: Students play a game in which Batman and the citizens of Gotham City try to catch some killers before they kill everyone.
They must look for signs that someone is lying then accuse each other or defend themselves of being the killer.
(This is a turn based speaking role-play. The instructions of how to play are included in the teacher notes, there are also role-play card to print)
The role-play is followed by a game of 2 truths 1 lie and a discussion about lying.
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.
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.
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”.