B2 Verb patterns 75 mins This ESL lesson plan is based on the video from Bloomberg titled “Will the Baby Boomers Ever Retire?”. It concerns a significant issue of the retirement of baby boomers, that is a generation born between 1946 and 1964. The lesson itself involves a discussion on retirement and pension as…

  B2 Team Management 60 mins The business world is multinational. This means that your students work (or will work) with people of different cultural backgrounds on a daily basis. It may be the reason your students actually want to learn Business English. While this cultural complexity enriches us, such a melting pot may be…

 Apart from being a teacher of English, I’m also a student of other languages. It means that I can experience the teaching as well as learning process first-hand. I observe myself, students and other teachers, and try to draw conclusions. One of them concerns revising vocabulary and grammar. Some time ago I noticed that as a…

  B2 Houses 60 mins This ESL lesson plan is based on a short video entitled “This Couple Lives In A Bus To Escape Chicago’s High Cost Of Living”. As the title of the video suggests, it is connected with less conventional alternatives to buying a house which are cheaper, but still amazing. The video…

  B2 Fashion and environment 45 mins This ESL lesson plan is based on the Huffington Post video “The Problem with Fast Fashion”. It pertains to the issue which is very up-to-date and raises a lot of controversy. Students have a chance to learn a lot of words and phrases connected with fashion as well as…

  B2 Idioms for expressing annoyance 45 mins Busy-bragging has become an element of every talk with friends, family and co-workers and a status symbol in modern society. People boast about being busy in a manner that resembles complaining. Often, they just want to say: “Can you see how important I am?”. In this lesson,…

Why the new name?

May 3, 2018 4

We’ve got some news for you. We have just changed our name from TED4ESL to ESL Brains. You may wonder why.  »» We no longer build lesson plans only around TED talks. We’ve published a lot of worksheets based on various videos, so the name TED4ESL is not really applicable anymore. »» We also want to…

Teach your students some new vocabulary connected with skills they need to get a job, and engage them in a comprehensive discussion about the labour market today.

We bring you a short quiz for your students to check whether they know some language rules that many native speakers forget. You don't need any worksheets just hit play and enjoy!

The smartphone problem

March 15, 2018 1

Let’s face it. We’re all addicted to our smartphones and other tech gadgets that supposedly make our lives easier. In this lesson, students can discuss their own experience with smartphones and consequences of their usage.

This lesson plan is totally British – literally. It focuses on symbols of England such as tea and lets students get familiar with idioms and common phrases based on words that refer to some British objects, phenomena and people.