Advanced ELT Lesson Plans

Apps and Mobile Technology – voice recognition

March 15, 2012 by

Lesson: Apps and Mobile Technology Level: Upper intermediate Trinity GESE Grade 7 and up (B2+) Age group: Younger Adults and teens Topic: Mobile technology Skills focus: Listening / comparison / collaborative design / presentation Time: 60- 90m

Equal Opportunities: videotelling, listening, discussion (NSFW!)

April 17, 2012 by

This lesson focuses on the development of speculation & listening skills in relation to rapid American English, and the use of the vocabulary of equal opportunities, sexism and racism in open discussion. It has been designed for advanced classes with mature adults… [Read more…]


April 15, 2012 by

This is a lesson plan that starts with a discussion and ends with a speech. The aim is to engage your students and talk about topical issues – now, as the lesson progresses, it should come apparent that the speech and issues have been around… [Read more…]

Happiness – “One question” – Generating Discussions.

February 20, 2012 by

I think this would be a nice way to start off a discussion. Thanks to Gemma Lunn for pointing me in this direction – there are several One Question videos on YouTube. I’ve chosen this because it’s quite short and I like the production quality.… [Read more…]

What is photography? An advanced TED video lesson.

February 17, 2012 by

This is another image and video-based lesson. The students first discuss the concept of photography, watch a 6 minute video (Impossible Photography; a TED talk by Erik Johansson) and finally describe complex images. Lesson aims Giving opinion Listening comprehension Describing in detail Listening for detail… [Read more…]

Love is…An Advanced English Lesson plan.

February 14, 2012 by

I do hope my girlfriend doesn’t read this one. This is an advanced Valentine’s video lesson plan for adult students. It’s a loose ‘un, so feel free to comment on how you adapted it and made it better. The main aim is vocabulary building (colloquial… [Read more…]

Dog and Bone: Mobile Technology – past, present and future

February 5, 2012 by

This is a simple video lesson aimed at encouraging a conversation related to the past, present and future of phones, communication and technology. There’s plenty of room for student input and discussion here. Let your students speak freely, take notes and give them corrections where… [Read more…]

Best Job In the World – Discussion and Writing

February 3, 2012 by

An advanced ESL video lesson aimed at practising listening comprehension, comparatives and superlatives. Lesson aims: Discussion Forming opinions Writing Public speaking I’m typing in the dark. I’m not being artsy or figurative here – this is quite literal. My touch-typing skills are being put to… [Read more…]

A kiss isn’t just a Kiss – 30-45 Minute Image Speculation Activity

December 30, 2011 by

Lesson Aims This is a quick activity aimed at encouraging discussion and speculation. Materials-light,  for adult ESL learners Stage one – Description Project or distribute the image. Ask your students to study the picture and answer, in writing, the following three questions: What is the… [Read more…]

The American Dream – Building Collocations and Videogloss

December 29, 2011 by

This is two part ELT lesson plan, the first part introduces the concept of the American Dream through images, encouraging students to construct their own interpretations of the concept – both orally and in writing.  The second part of the lesson is a videogloss activity… [Read more…]

You said what? An Unplugged Grammar Review of Question Formation, “memory and mingle”.

December 14, 2011 by

No-one expects the Spanish inquisition. This is a zero-prep unplugged review lesson aimed at reviewing question formation. The students will test their speaking, listening and memory skills. Lesson aims: To practise question formation Conversation skills Listening and memory skills Error correction Syntax in question and… [Read more…]

$203,150…for a what? Yes, darling – a handbag.

December 13, 2011 by

This lesson aims to get your students talking about status symbols and the megarich. The dictogloss activity tests both their listening ability and teamwork skills. I haven’t included strict timings here, though this lesson has the potential to overrun, so keep your eye on the… [Read more…]

Drawing dictation – FCE Speaking Exam Focus

December 11, 2011 by

The FCE speaking exam lasts 14 minutes, and for part of that time students are expected to talk about and  compare a pair of photographs. This lesson is designed to help them prepare in an entertaining way. Lesson aims: To practise description To develop listening… [Read more…]

Japanese Game show! Comparatives Video lesson – ESL Dogme

December 9, 2011 by

This is an interactive video lesson that encourages the students to describe, compare and produce language in a natural way. It is a lesson that focuses on eliciting and practising advanced comparative forms. This is a five stage lesson. Lesson aims: To engage the students.… [Read more…]

Unplugged ESL: Passing disagreeable notes

December 9, 2011 by

Passing disagreeable notes – Pre-intermediate – advanced. A three stage, zero-preparation unplugged lesson. Lesson aims: To practise giving opinions To help speaking fluency Class grammar review Writing opinions Stage One: – Each student must write an opinion on a slip of paper. As a guide, this opinion must be something that can be argued: “Barcelona… [Read more…]

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