Generative AI tools – worth the hype?

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ESL speaking lesson about generative AI

Link to the podcast available in PDFs and e-lesson plan


In this ESL speaking lesson about generative AI, students listen to a 3-minute excerpt from a podcast, talk about generative AI applications and discuss how AI might change our lives. 

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.


This ESL speaking lesson about generative AI starts with a warm-up in which students read some information on generative AI and discuss general questions about it. They also share other details they know about the technology (e.g. about ChatGPT, Bard, Midjourney, DALL-E). Then, students read short descriptions of generative AI apps (e.g. a website builder, a chatbot builder, a co-writer, a communication coach) and talk about their features. They also share how the apps might facilitate their work. Before listening to the podcast excerpt, students get some general information about the topic and discuss what ideas might be mentioned. Then, they listen to the podcast excerpt and complete some statements with what they hear as well as their own ideas. After that, students decide how ChatGPT might change journalism and marketing by choosing words in sentences. They also need to explain their choices.


In this part of the ESL speaking lesson about generative AI, students do three discussion tasks. First, they look at a list of professions that might be affected by generative AI (e.g. scientists, lawyers, teachers) and discuss their views on the topic. They also talk about whether some professionals shouldn’t use generative AI. Then, students answer some questions related to generative AI and their job. They also share their views on the possible developments of AI in the near future. 

In the final task of this lesson plan about generative AI, students decide whether certain points related to AI (e.g. copyright issues, computing power issues, bias, etc) are serious issues or not by choosing a category for them. They also need to explain their views in detail. 




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  1. snazar13

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for this exact lesson (for a C1/C2 conversation class)!

    1. Ewa

      Cool 🙂 Hope your students enjoy the discussion.

  2. Bart

    I can’t find the audio anywhere. There’s nowhere to play it on the podcast website that I can see.

    1. Bart

      I think it was just my ad blocker.


  3. Hanna Ferreira

    My sts and I absolutely LOVED this lesson. I guess what they enjoyed the most was the podcast because it was a different tool to practise listening. I believe that type of activity could be more present in the lessons to come.

    1. Ewa

      Thanks for your feedback! We’ve been experimenting with podcasts a bit and also see their potential. If you haven’t already, you should try out the other two lessons featuring podcasts: You think this is a joke? and Surrounded by trees, with some flowers to smell. And stay tuned as more might come.

  4. Lynne Foord

    How do I unlock a lesson?
    Generative AI tools – worth the hype?

    1. Ewa

      Hi Lyanne! This lesson is available under the Unlimited subscritpion. You can get the subscription here or feel free to browse our free lessons here.

  5. crespo

    There is no link to the audio

    1. Ewa

      Hi! You will find the link in the pdf and the e-lesson plan (just click on the headphones icon there).

  6. kevren

    Will be really helpful. Thank you

    1. Ewa

      Lovely to hear that 🙂


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