B2(B1+) ‘British’ idioms and symbols 60


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 nation and get familiar with idioms and common phrases based on words that refer to some British objects, phenomena and people.


The lesson plan starts with a discussion about symbols and landmarks of England. Therefore, to help students collect some ideas, there is a picture that shows a lot of them. Then, students watch the video and have to find out what given figures and phrases refer to. Before watching the video again, they have choose the correct word to complete the sentences from it. Next, they watch it and check their answers.


The next part of the lesson plan focuses on very British idioms and common phrases. Firstly, students need to match halves to make popular expressions such as not one’s cup of tea, cheap as chips or feel under the weather. Secondly, they have to match them with their meanings. Finally, they work in pairs and have to tell their partner about the last time they had some of the situations given.

The lesson should take around 60 minutes, however, it depends how much time you devote to some discussion points.

But just keep calm and drink some tea 🙂

Verbs/Adjectives + prepositions
Listening for details
Talking about past






Interested in other tradition of the British origin? See our lesson plan about brunch

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  1. Very good but she says, “I think my invitation must have GOTTEN lost in the post.” I’ve never heard a British person say ‘gotten’.

  2. Exercise 3 on the worksheet – some of the words are adverbs, not prepositions. E.g. “Invite them over.”


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