English idioms and phrases with on
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
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It’s on us to fix it (phrases with on)

General

Students watch entertaining ads, work with funny slogans and talk about marketing campaigns. More importantly, they learn and practise phrases with on without even realising it!

Business competition vocabulary
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Standard Lesson 60 min
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That’s a bit over the top!

Business General

This lesson focuses on business competition vocabulary through learning about unusual business ideas. Students learn useful phrases, watch a video, and discuss business cases.

phrases to talk about memory
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Do you trust your memory?

General

This ESL lesson gives students the opportunity to learn phrases to talk about memory, watch a video, and have a fascinating discussion. 

expressions with make
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
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Life-changing decisions

Lifestyle

In this lesson students learn some expressions with ‘mind’, watch a video and discuss life-changing decisions. 

phrasal verbs with put
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Put a ring on it

General

In this lesson, students learn idioms and phrasal verbs with put. They also practise working out the meaning from context, and have an opportunity to use the new language in speaking activities. 

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.

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.

C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Behind every success there are dozens of failures

Business

In this lesson about success and failure students watch an interview with Jeff Bezos and learn a few idioms related to failure. They also put them into practice through a role-play activity involving different aspects of business failures.

food idioms practice
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
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Unusual ways of using food

Lifestyle

In this lesson about foodscape design, students practise listening, reflect on unusual ways of using food and learn several food idioms through a series of written and oral exercises.

sequence adverbs
A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
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Never stop learning (sequence adverbs)

Grammar Lifestyle

In this lesson about learning new skills, students discover and practise several expressions with the verb learn and talk about their learning experiences using sequence adverbs.

past modals
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 45 min
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He couldn’t have seen a ghost!

Grammar

In this grammar lesson, students learn a few idioms for expressing emotions, discover how to use past modals as well as practise them in speaking activities.

negative prefixes
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
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Immediate response (not) required

Business

This lesson plan deals with synchronous and asynchronous communication. Apart from doing listening comprehension tasks, students will build adjectives with negative prefixes and learn some communication idioms.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 45 min
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Ditch the lawn!

Lifestyle

In this flipped lesson plan on gardening, students learn a few verbs, watch a video about turning lawns into gardens as well as discover the meanings of some expressions with the word ‘green’.

travel and transport idioms
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 45 min
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At a crossroads and other travel and transport inspired idioms

General

This lesson plan deals with travel and transport idioms. Students get a lot of exercises to discover their meanings and practise them in writing as well as speaking.

English challenge
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 45 min
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Give it a shot for 30 days! (+ 30-day English challenge)

Lifestyle

This lesson plan is based on a popular TED Talk by Matt Cutts about taking 30-day challenges. It consists of vocabulary and speaking activities, and includes a 30-day English challenge.

horse idioms
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 30 min
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Hold your horses! – Horse idioms

General

The worksheet is built around the word ‘horse’. It includes eight horse idioms which are introduced through various tasks. Your students will discover the meanings of new idioms, see in what context they can be used and practise them in writing. 

phrases with get
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 45 min
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Now I get it! – phrases with get

General

A lesson plan which is built around phrases with the verb ‘get’. It is prepared for stronger students (B2) and consists of various tasks.

idioms with fruit and veggies
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 30 min
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Idioms with fruit and veggies

General

With this 2-page worksheet, your students will discover 14 common idioms with fruit and veggies and learn in what contexts they can be used.

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