upper-intermediate lesson plan
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 75 min
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There are only two things certain in life…

Business General

With this upper-intermediate lesson plan students discuss the welfare state, watch a video about taxes in Sweden, and learn some useful vocabulary. 

conjunctions of purpose
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
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Learning about the past for the present

General Grammar

With this lesson plan, students discuss why we need to learn history and other school subjects. They also watch a video and practise the use of conjunctions.

CAE Speaking Part 3 activities
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 75 min
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Sharpen your critical thinking (CAE Speaking Part 3)

General Grammar

With this lesson plan, students evaluate the validity of arguments using the information from a video about logical fallacies. They also practise conjunctions and do a Cambridge CAE Speaking Part 3 activity. 

informal expressions in English
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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‘I owe you one!’ and other informal expressions

General

In this lesson, students learn some informal expressions in English which are used instead of common phrases like ‘I understand’. They also watch two sets of short video clips, and practise using the new language.

pre-intermediate conversation worksheet
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate | B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Don’t stop talking! – A2–B1 speaking activities

General

This pre-intermediate conversation worksheet consists of five speaking activities which can be used as fillers or warm-up tasks. The activities are suitable for a group of students, as well as for a one-on-one class. 

B2 / Upper Intermediate
Critical Reading Club 30 min
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Is it easy to be kind?

General

In this lesson students talk about how acts of kindness are perceived nowadays, practise some useful phrases used in the article they read at home, and discuss how kind they would be in different situations. 

reading comprehension tasks
B1 / Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
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Did you pass first time?

General

In this lesson students learn and practise vocabulary related to cars and driving, watch a funny video and do reading comprehension tasks. They also talk about getting a driving licence in their countries.

lesson including advanced phrasal verbs
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Advanced vocabulary activities

General

This is a set of ESL vocabulary activities rather than a typical ESL Brains lesson plan. Each of the activities can be used separately as a time filler, a warm-up, etc.

(talking about) measurements in English
B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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How many pints in a litre?

General

In this lesson students practise talking about measurements in English and watch a video about some issues caused by the differences between the metric and non-metric systems. They also discuss problems that people face because of these differences. 

C1 / Advanced
Critical Reading Club 30 min
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Are we all content creators?

General

In this lesson students discuss who a content creator is and practise some vocabulary useful when defining vague terms. 

talking about fear in English
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 90 min
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Why do we like horror films?

General

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary useful when talking about fear or relief, watch a video about horror films, and describe situations in which they felt uneasy or scared. 

adjectives to describe feelings
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Let me tell you how I feel

General

With this lesson plan, students watch a funny video about a girl who feels different emotions and learn adjectives to describe feelings. Students also get plenty of opportunities to speak about how they feel in different situations. 

adverbs of manner
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 45 min
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Slow or slowly? – adjectives and adverbs

General Grammar

In this lesson students learn the difference between adjectives and adverbs and learn how to create adverbs of manner. They also practise their use in several controlled and free activities.

people with question marks
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Critical Reading Club 30 min
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Curious questions about curiosity

General

In this lesson, students discuss the topic of curiosity in humans, practise collocations from the article, and reflect on how curiosity has shaped their lives. 

phrasal verbs with away
B1 / Intermediate | B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Chasing the birds away (phrasal verbs with away)

General

In this lesson students learn and practise phrasal verbs with away, watch a video about a dog working at an airport and discuss the jobs dogs do.

spelling games
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Is there an ‘a’ in ‘weak’? (spelling games)

General

In this lesson, students learn how to ask for spelling clarification and get a lot of practice through several spelling games. 

prepositions of time
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 45 min
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What’s in your calendar? (prepositions of time)

General Grammar

In this lesson, students learn prepositions of time and get plenty of practice with this aspect of grammar. They use the prepositions in different contexts in both oral and written tasks. 

saying no in English
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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I wish I could but I don’t want to

General

In this lesson students watch a video about strategies for saying ‘no’ in English and discover some useful phrases to say ‘no’ politely. They also put them into practice through a role-play.

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