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 the…

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, students…

B1 Shopping language 60 mins This new B1 lesson focuses on shopping but instead of looking at the typical "at a shop" language it will teach your Students the language used for shopping online. There are two lexical tasks, followed by speaking task to reinforce new language items. The video part is about Singles' Day,…

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…

B2/C1 Work skills 60 mins In this lesson plan, your students will try to think what makes them employable. This time, the worksheet is based on two videos: the first one shows a group of professionals answering the question about employability and the second one is a short interview with Tony Walker, Deputy MD from…

B2/C1 Grammar 15 mins This time we bring you a short quiz for your students to check whether they know some rules that many native speakers forget. Below you will get a part of a video from the Scatterbrained series with embedded tasks for practicing some grammar points. You don't need any worksheets just hit…

The smartphone problem

March 15, 2018 0

B2 Expressing preference 60 mins Let’s face it. We’re all addicted to our smartphones and other tech gadgets that supposedly make our lives easier. The lesson and the video titled “What SmartPhone Addiction Does to Your Brain” focus on that issue. Students can discuss their own experience with smartphones and consequences of their usage. To…

B2(B1+) 'British' idioms and symbols 60 mins This lesson plan is totally British – literally. It focuses on symbols of England such as tea which the video “Why Are Brits So Obsessed with Tea?” by Anglophenia concerns. Thanks to it, your students will have an opportunity to learn more about England as a tea drinking…

The future of spaceflight

February 13, 2018 2

C1 Expressions for talking about the future 60 mins In case you missed it, SpaceX launched a heavy-class reusable rocket on Feb 6. This historic event inspired us to design a lesson plan concerning future (full of expressions to talk about probability and make predictions). Even if you're not fully familiar with SpaceX and the…

B2 Scrum/Project vocabulary 80 mins Agile project management has been the buzzword among software developers for years. Many IT companies use this approach as their work methodology but many non-IT enterprises have started turning towards Agile as well. The most popular Agile approach is Scrum. In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to learn the basics of Scrum, some…

B2 Idioms with colours 60 mins The lesson plan focuses on colours and how we perceive them in terms of emotions and feelings. Students will have to think what in their opinion particular colours represent and how they can be used by various industries to influence us. Thus the video in the lesson is a…

TED4ESL is one year old!

January 3, 2018 0

We are celebrating one year anniversary of our website. To show you what has been happening during that time, we'd like to share with you some amazing data about TED4ESL.com. First of all, we need to say "thank you" for all the positive feedback we've received so far. It's great to hear that teachers around the…