Present Perfect Continuous
B1 / Intermediate | B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 90 min
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I’ve been doing it for a week and I love it!

Grammar Lifestyle

This lesson combines a topic of hobbies and Present Perfect Continuous. Students learn new phrases related to hobbies, watch a video and discuss it. There is also a grammar section that lets students discover rules and put them into practice. 

Past Simple and Past Continuous
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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My dog ate my homework (Past Simple and Past Continuous)

Grammar

In this lesson, students learn the difference between Past Simple and Past Continuous. They also get the chance to practise using the two tenses in a variety of tasks.

advanced multiword verbs
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Living a digital nomad lifestyle

Business Lifestyle

In this lesson students watch a video about being a digital nomad and learn and practise advanced multiword verbs.

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. 

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.

conversation starters
B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 75 min
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How to start a conversation with a stranger

Lifestyle

In this lesson, students learn and create different conversation starters. They also watch a video about a man who talked to 100 strangers and do a role-play activity.

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.

phrases for giving and receiving feedback
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Standard Lesson 75 min
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The art of giving feedback

Business

In this lesson, students discover a formula to help them give great feedback and learn some useful phrases for giving and receiving feedback in English. They also watch a video about giving feedback and learn vocabulary related to it. 

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. 

verb-noun collocations
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 75 min
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Your smartphone is a library and Google is a librarian (verb-noun collocations)

Technology

In this lesson students learn verb-noun collocations related to searching and sharing information online, compare how information exchange is different now than it was 20 year ago, and watch a video about libraries. 

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.

defining relative clauses
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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The things that we do when nobody is looking – defining relative clauses

General Grammar

With this lesson plan students learn and practise using defining relative clauses. They also watch a short animated video and talk about the things that people do when they are alone. 

ESL vocabulary puzzles
B1 / Intermediate | B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 45 min
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Can you figure it out? ESL vocabulary puzzles

Business

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

phrasal nouns lesson plan
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Layoffs and cutbacks can lead to start-ups (phrasal nouns)

Business

In this lesson, students read a short article about a start-up surge and learn some phrasal nouns by working out their meaning from the context. They also use the phrasal nouns in a discussion and a crossword.

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 45 min
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Who am I? – guessing game

Grammar

In this lesson students play an A2 guessing game which creates a lot of opportunities to practise forming yes or no questions in the present and in the past and have some fun while doing it.

phrases for business meetings
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 75 min
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I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of this meeting

Business

In this lesson, students reflect on ways to make a business meeting more productive and practise some useful phrases for business meetings. They also act out typical workplace situations.

comparative and superlative adjectives
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Standard Lesson 75 min
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Better. Faster. Stronger (comparative and superlative adjectives)

Grammar Technology

In this lesson based on a video about technology then and now, students learn and practise comparative and superlative adjectives while discussing how their favourite gadgets have changed over time. 

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