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Vocabulary - sleep and dreaming

ESL lesson about dreams

LESSON OVERVIEW

The main objectives of this ESL lesson about dreams are to:

  • explore and practise vocabulary related to dreams and sleep habits;
  • watch and interpret an explainer video;
  • discuss personal experiences and the meanings of dreams.

In this lesson, students analyse dreams from different perspectives, watch a video about the benefits of dreaming, learn and practise vocabulary related to sleep habits and elaborate on the meaning of dreams people have. 

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

WARM-UP AND VIDEO

This ESL lesson about dreams starts with a warm-up in which students brainstorm different meanings of the word ‘dream’. After that, they watch an explainer video and check their general understanding by choosing what the video is about among three options. Then, students watch the video again and tick the benefits of dreaming that the speaker mentions. 

VOCABULARY

In this part of this ESL lesson about dreams, students reflect upon points related to dreaming and discuss questions about their own experiences and perspectives. Then, they match sentences to create conversations about dreams and sleep habits. After that, students dig deeper into the vocabulary and match phrases from the previous task to their opposites (e.g. toss and turn and sleep like a log, early bird and night owl, etc.). Afterwards, they discuss questions on sleep habits and share their experiences.

MORE VOCABULARY AND DISCUSSION

In the last part of this lesson, students think about possible explanations for different types of dreams. First, they read about some common dreams and match them to the explanations. Then, students discuss questions about interpretations of dreams. After that, they practise interpreting dreams by reading some information about a person who has had a dream and describing them using pictures. Students should also say the meaning of that dream.

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This ESL lesson about dreams also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students replace some words and phrases in a text with the vocabulary from the lesson. Then, they complete a sentence about keeping a dream diary with their opinion. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.

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  1. rosaleen

    I’ve just started this lesson with one of my students, it’s a lovely topic with some great sleep-related idioms. Thank you!

    1. Megan

      Thanks, Rosaleen! So glad to hear you enjoyed it and found it useful!

  2. Jamenglish

    What a great, great, GREAT class! Really well thought out.

    1. Megan

      Thank you for such a lovely comment! So happy that you enjoyed it 😀

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