Ageing: embracing the inevitable

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ESL lesson on ageing


In this ESL lesson on ageing students talk about different aspects of the life of senior citizens. Students discuss mental and physical health, learn about dementia villages by watching a video, and brainstorm ideas.  

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.


The teacher has an opportunity to start this ESL lesson on ageing with an activity which will help students revise the vocabulary related to the topic. The teacher can read, or share via a messenger, prepared lines of words (e.g. elderly, senior, wise, geriatric) and ask students to choose an odd word in each line. There are only possible answers, so students can choose any word and explain their logic. Then students move on to a speaking activity. They look at the chart and discuss what kind of investment people can make (e.g. investment in mental health, education, community, etc.). Then, they talk about their own experience. After that, students look at the activities (e.g. learning to dance, using new technologies, hanging out with friends, etc.) and decide how common it is for the elderly to do them. Students also discuss difficulties senior people face when dealing with different everyday activities. 


Our ESL lesson on ageing also includes a video about dementia villages. Students learn about different solutions for people with dementia and brainstorm some more. Later on, students watch the video and complete the statements with their ideas. Then, they discuss how to make public places safe and convenient for senior citizens. Students also talk about things governments can do for the elderly (e.g. senior centres and community programmes, healthcare initiatives, technology and digital inclusion, etc.). They answer questions as to what these things include, which ones are the most important, and whether they are effectively implemented where they live. To wrap up this ESL lesson on ageing, students read the opinions, choose the ones they agree with more and give arguments to support them. 




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