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Expressions to talk about trends

expressions to talk about trends

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson students learn expressions to talk about trends and watch a video about one of new buzzwords, i.e. NFTs.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
75 minStandard LessonPremium Plan

VOCABULARY & VIDEO

At the beginning of the lesson, students have a short discussion about trends. Then, they read five sentences and guess the meaning of some of the words from the context (e.g. mind-boggling, whopping). After that, students rewrite some phrases using the provided words (e.g. have a massive success). They also decide which of the words from the previous exercise could be used to rewrite the phrases to create expressions to talk about trends. (e.g. be sold for an insane amount of money, have wild popularity). In the next task students need to read a short description of a trend and guess what it is about. The text is about NFTs so students also share what they know about NFTs. After that, they watch the video for the first time and match names of NFTs to their descriptions. Finally, they complete the gaps in the descriptions and watch the video for the second time to check their answers. 

EXPRESSIONS TO TALK ABOUT TRENDS

This part of the lesson starts with a discussion about NFTs as a trend and an investment opportunity. Next, students learn some more expressions to talk about trends (e.g. spread like wildfire, yesterday’s news). First, they complete seven statements with the words in a box. The activity is followed by a discussion about the trends mentioned in the statements (e.g. celebrity influencers, synthetic leather). After that, students look at the statements again and decide which of the phrases used before can be assigned to the ‘popular things’ category, and which to the ‘unpopular things’ one. Finally, students move on to describing trends in different areas of life, like work or entertainment. They also discuss the things which are not popular anymore. 

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  1. Filipe Nunes

    Great stuff, Olia. I’ll be using it this week. Thanks a million. Cheers!

    1. Olia

      Thank you for your comment! We hope your students enjoy the lesson too:)

  2. Real Exam English

    Interesting topic but I find exercises 3 and 5 unclear, maybe I need more coffee…

    1. Emma Priestley

      Same…

      1. annawolosz

        I agree, the vocabulary exercises are not clear and slide 10 has a mistake (repeats the same sentence)

        1. Stan

          Apologies for that! It’s been fixed already.

      2. Stan

        We changed some of the instructions and split one vocab task to simplify it and avoid any confusion

  3. ploring

    Great lesson – I’m sure it will go over well. Just a note on ex. 3, I have reservations about “have a massive success”; with have, I believe it’s usually used as uncountable, and it sounds a bit off to me. In the video, success as a countable noun collocates with ‘be’. Valuable info for learners at C1 level. Keep up the good work!

    1. Olia

      Thank you! And thanks for bringing this phrase to our attention. It’s common to say “Company X have a (whopping/massive/…) success with their new product …” as the word ‘success’ can be used as a countable or uncountable noun without a significant distinction.

  4. [email protected]

    perfect topic. I have completed it with a video of johnny Harris about NFT for my English class with web developers. Thanks

    1. Olia

      We’re happy to hear you and your students liked it 🙂

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