FCE ELT Lesson Plans

The Friendship Graph

March 25, 2012 by

Sometimes, finding comedy clips which appeal across cultures can be tricky, but you know it’s working when your students start laughing along. Perhaps because it deals with people who are some way out of their own cultural safety zone, the HBO series Flight of the… [Read more…]

Be Careful What You Tweet – A Guest Lesson By Nermeen Alireza

March 6, 2012 by

I’m honoured to be posting my first guest lesson on Designer Lessons. This is a great lesson – and very well staged. I teach a few FCE classes – and the groups really got to grips with causative have and other passive structures. I’ve also… [Read more…]

7 billion: where do you fit in? 45 mins -1 hour

February 7, 2012 by

This is a short lesson, with lots of potential to be expanded upon. It give you the opportunity to really engage your class and get them talking about what makes them unique. Let me know how you use it and how you follow-up afterwards in… [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…]

Who was this man and how did he change the world?

December 27, 2011 by

Who was this man? This is a quick activity to Practice FCE picture talk. Developed by Neil McMillan and George Chilton for designer lessons This is a very adaptable activity – you could use a photograph of just about anyone who has a claim to fame. I chose Sir Jimmy Savile primarily for his style,… [Read more…]

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

December 14, 2011 by

A designer lessons ESL lesson plan developed by George Chilton 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…]

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…]


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