Deepfakes – is seeing still believing?

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ESL flipped lesson plan




This ESL flipped lesson plan deals with deepfakes, i.e. fake videos in which a person in a video is replaced with someone else’s using computer science.
The worksheet consists of many various activities and 2 videos: one which students are supposed to watch before class, and the other to watch during classes.

Generally, it is possible to do the whole lesson plan during the class as videos are short.

C1 / Advanced60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


At home, students have to do 3 exercises. First, they need to match words to create pairs of synonyms. These words will then appear in the video that students will watch in the classroom so it’s important they know their meanings. Next, they fill in the gaps in the sentences provided with vocabulary from the first task. Both synonyms in each pair can be used in each gap. After that, we want students to watch a short video featuring Bill Hader who impersonates Tom Cruise. This video was manipulated and it’s an example of deepfake. The idea behind this task is to introduce students to the topic and make them curious about the topic discussed during the class.


The in-class worksheet starts with discussion questions about the video students watched at home as well as fake news, manipulating videos and the proverb seeing is believing. Then, students move to an exercise on vocabulary. They need to match words to create phrases that will be part of the second video they’ll watch. To practise a bit, students have to complete given questions with phrases from the previous task, and answer them in pairs. Finally, students watch the video about deepfakes and how to detect that a video has been manipulated, and answer five comprehension questions. This ESL flipped lesson plan finishes with discussion points to make students express their own opinions about the topic.



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  1. Hi!

    Great lesson and, during Covid-19 confinement, loving the e-lesson format :-).

    Slide 16 contains the following:
    “The number two way is look for obvious stuff like an earring missing, two eyebrows, eye shadows falling in the wrong place, ” – I think the ‘eye’ is and eye too many!

    Keep up the fantastic work!


  2. Whoops! ‘…… an eye too many’


  3. Thanks Jes! It took me a while to figure out what you’re talking about 🙂 but when I looked at the slide I realized what you meant. Fixed that already 🙂


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