Lessons

Lifestyle & Culture

How San Francisco Is Becoming A Zero Waste City

In this upper intermediate ESL lesson plan, students watch a video clip about San Francisco, which is working to become a zero-waste city. Your students have a discussion and do conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and zero-waste. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students learn about and do an activity on relative pronouns. In the cooperation activity, students work together to do a role play interview.

It's not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

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? This topic is guaranteed to bring a lot of interesting opinions, ideas, experience, and discussion from your students.

This Couple Lives on a Bus

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.

I'm a Graffiti Artist

There can often be some hard stereotypes against graffiti artists, but Boris from Bulgaria isn’t afraid to break these stereotypes and express his artistic freedom through the spray can.

Esports: The New Jocks on Campus

Robert Morris University is the first to offer scholarships to top video gamers. While many people see video gaming as just a hobby, others say that it takes a lot of hard work to become a good gamer.

Inside the College for Weed Entrepreneurs

Whoever thought the day would come where you could study marijuana in college? Take your students inside 'Oaksterdam University' where you learn about and discuss a range of marijuana-related topics as well as what exactly goes on inside a school like this.

Czech businessman leads vinyl revival

The recent boom in vinyl record was an unforeseen development in a music industry ever changed by downloads and internet sales. When most factories switched to CDs in the 1990s, Zdenek Pelc believed in the material enough to hold onto his machinery and staff.

Blockbuster Video Has Become An Alaskan Tourist Attraction

Blockbuster - the biggest video rental chain in the US was a big part of American culture back in the 80's, with thousands of stores making big profits across the country. When digital streaming came along, Blockbuster was forced into bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean it was completely wiped from the map. Show your students one of the last ones standing in Alaska!

A Valuable Lesson for a Happier Life

A professor demonstrates a thought experiment on life and happiness to a class of college students during a Philosophy 101 course. All it takes is a jar, golf balls, pebbles, sand, and yes, beer. Explore what happiness means with your students and how to live a happy life.

You Can Live Without Producing Trash

In this intermediate ESL lesson plan, students watch a video clip about a girl who lives a zero-waste lifestyle. Your students have a discussion and do conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and zero-waste. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students learn about and do an activity on question formation. In the cooperation activity, students work together to make and give a public speech.

What is Happiness?

It's a question we all come across at some point in our lives, or maybe we even ask ourselves this question every day, however we may have some misconceptions about how we achieve happiness. Explore the essence of happiness with your students and what they think it means.

Learning About Hurricanes

A short and simple video about the basics of hurricanes. Teach your students how they are formed, the most essential vocabulary terms associated with them, while also discussing how to prepare for hurricanes and what the impacts of them can be.

What It's Like to Fly Into a Hurricane

Justin Kibber, a 'Hurricane Hunter,' talks about his experience flying through Hurricane Earl, and what is what like to be in the eye of the storm. Discuss the topic of hurricanes in general with your students and other adrenaline-filled jobs out there in the world.

Storm Surges Can Be the Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

While storm surges have proven to be the deadliest part of a hurricane, many people may not even know what they are or what they mean. Storm surges from hurricanes are nothing to take lightly, even if you're not in the path of the hurricane. What exactly makes them so deadly?

Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween History

This ESL lesson plan about Halloween for adults and teens a can be used for intermediate to advanced level students. Students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the history of Halloween. It also includes interesting discussion questions and conversation activities about holidays, traditions, and Halloween and students learn some important vocabulary terms related to Halloween. For grammar, students learn the difference between past simple / would / used to. The last part is a cooperation activity where students can speak, write, and organize a Halloween party.

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

In this pre-intermediate ESL lesson plan, students watch a video clip about population through a demonstration using glasses of water. Your students have a discussion and do conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and overpopulation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students learn about and do an activity on comparative adjectives. In the cooperation activity, students can choose from a variety of activities, including time travel, other global issues, and news reports.

The Wild World of Mushroom Hunting

Two big-time mushroom fanatics show you what it’s like to be a real mushroom hunter! This guy actually has dreams about wild mushrooms and describes the experience as an unbelievable rush. Perhaps your students are from a mushroom picking culture?