Is running your thing?

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Vocabulary - talking about running

ESL lesson about running

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this ESL lesson about running, students have a chance to learn and practise some useful phrases, watch a video and discuss running. Students also read a short text and talk about motivation. 

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

WARM-UP & VOCABULARY

This ESL lesson about running starts with a warm-up. Students have to think about three associations they have with running. After that, students read a few facts about running (e.g. Each step you run involves movement from 200 muscles.) and complete them with prepositions. They also discuss these facts and say what surprised them. Then, students move on to a vocabulary exercise. First, they complete the phrases with a preposition (e.g. go at my pace, get out on my feet, etc.). Students also discuss which opinion best describes their attitude to running and explain why. Then, they match the comments to the response with more useful vocabulary (e.g. catch my breath, take a breather, a runner’s high, etc.). Teachers can ask students some more questions about the phrases to check their understanding. The last part of this section is a more free discussion about running and their personal experience. 

VIDEO & DISCUSSION

In this part of this ESL lesson about running students watch and discuss a video and do a reading activity. First, students watch the video and write down three things about the runner. Then, students watch the first part of the video and make notes about the 5k run. When watching the second part of the video, students make notes about the 10k and 15k runs. Students sum up their opinion about the video by completing statements (e.g. This video might inspire some people to…). Students also read a short text about a person who ran a marathon and write a final sentence for the story. As a wrap-up, students discuss questions about the text and motivation in general. 

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This ESL lesson about running also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students practise the phrases from the lesson. 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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