Lessons in success from those you admire

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Vocabulary: collocations

common English collocations

LESSON OVERVIEW

With this lesson plan, your students will talk about success, what they might learn from people they admire and their own experience. What’s more, they will learn a few common English collocations.

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

COMMON ENGLISH COLLOCATIONS

The worksheet starts with a short discussion. Students have to talk about people they admire and explain why they feel this way about them. Next, they create a few common English collocations by matching words. The list includes collocations such as admire someone from afar, lose confidence, overcome a challenge, take risks, and many more. Then, to practise them a bit, students read some advice from three people and complete the texts using the collocations. After completing the task, students discuss these pieces of advice which are related to work, success and making decisions.

VIDEO & SPEAKING

The lesson plan is based on a short video and is suitable for B1 students as the speaker talks very clearly and slowly. There is only one listening comprehension task. Students watch the video and have to answer a few questions. As the video is just 2 ‐minute long, students can watch it twice. After that, they express their opinion on the advice given in the video and move to a word formation exercise. They have to complete sentences using the correct form of words in bold. They have to build words such as admiration, determination, achievement, confident, etc. Then, they read the sentences again and say which ones they agree and disagree with and why. Finally, the lesson ends with a game in which students take turns to choose a topic and talk about it for two minutes. There are 12 topics to talk about, so plenty to choose from.

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  1. silvigir

    Love this worksheet!

    1. Katherine

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

  2. Lydia goold verschoyle

    I really liked this but it believe it is not only a B1 lesson but B2 as well… it was challenging for the students…

    1. Katherine

      Hi Lydia,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to leave feedback. I think you are absolutely right and this lesson would be good for B2 as well. I hope that even though the lesson was challenging for your students, they were able to engage with the materials and improve and practise their English.
      Katherine

  3. Mariola Moçka

    Great lesson!

    1. Katherine

      Hi Mariola,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment.
      Katherine

  4. Aini Nafisah

    The video cannot be played.

    1. Katherine

      Hello Aina,

      I’m sorry to hear you are unable to play the video. I will speak with the team at ESL Brains to see what the problem might be and try to find a solution.

    2. Stan

      Just click the blue ‘Watch on Vimeo’ button. Because of the settings of this particular video, you must watch it directly on Vimeo.

      1. Idiomastic Teacher 2

        Hi!! I’m having the same problem. It’s a matter of location, I guess. I’m from Mexico and we cannot play Vimeo here 🙁 It seems like a great lesson, though.

        1. Stan

          Have you tried clicking “Watch on Vimeo” and then ignore any requests to create an account there. The guest access should be enough to play it!

  5. Natalia

    I really enjoyed teaching using this lesson plan. It all went so smoothly and it was great to hear Ss use the key vocabulary (collocations) while talking about the video and in the further discussion. The pace of the video is also very B1-friendly 🙂

    1. Justa

      Natalia, thank you for your feedback! It’s awesome to hear that your students picked up the vocab and used it throughout the lesson 🙂

  6. Muji

    Video cannot be played directly here. It displays the message “Sorry, because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here”. When I click on the blue button “Watch on Vimeo” it takes me to a Vimeo page to pay for a subscription in high quality.

    I managed to work around this by “copy, paste” of the link from the teacher’s version of the file.

    1. Stan

      Unfortunately, this requirement to watch it directly on Vimeo was added quite recently. While you can actually skip the subscription thing on Vimeo and choose a free account, you have to register there to watch the video.

      Thanks for sharing the workaround with copy and pasting the link from our worksheets.

  7. Isabela Soares

    Hello!
    This lesson is great and develops students’ critical thinking.
    But the video is not available, I don’t know if maybe it’s only for us here in Brasil. Would you mind advising the creator of the video so I can check if it’s available on You Tube?
    Thank you!

    1. Stan

      Hi! You should be able to watch it directly on Vimeo. Just click the blue button on the video player above. If you can’t watch it on Vimeo as well, please send us a screenshot of what you see there to hello@eslbrains.com and we’ll try to help you out.

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