Communication is not that easy!

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Functional language - clarifying and checking understanding

communication lesson plan


This communication lesson plan is based on a short video presenting how miscommunication happens and how we can avoid it. The worksheet includes vocabulary tasks, listening comprehension and speaking practice.

C1 / Advanced60 minStandard LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan/ Free


The lesson plan starts with a short warm-up. Students need to discuss a quote by Greek philosopher Epictetus as well as some more general questions connected with communication. Then, they move to a vocabulary task. They get a table with six verbs and need to complete the table with words that go with these verbs. After checking, students fill in the sentences with the correct form of the verbs from the table. Students then discuss these points as all sentences relate to communication and serve as a lead-in to the video.


Students watch the first part of the video and have to choose correct answers to three comprehension questions. Next, they go to another task which includes four rules of communication which students have to complete with words given. After that, they watch the second part of the video and check their answers. Finally, students have to discuss these rules and tell whether it’s easy to follow them.


The last part of this communication lesson plan is built around phrases that we use when we don’t understand something, we want someone to clarify what they’ve said or when we want to be more specific. First, students need to complete a table with such phrases. Then, they have to read short dialogues and use the expressions from the table to complete them. Additionally, you can extend this lesson plan by doing some roleplay activities that can be found in many different ESL teaching sources.



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