Never stop learning (sequence adverbs)

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Vocabulary - expressions with the verb learn

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sequence adverbs

LESSON OVERVIEW

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. The video idea comes from one of our subscribers. Magda, thank you! #yousuggestwecreate

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate60 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that the first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in these lesson plans in our post.

PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Expressions with ‘learn’

Before the lesson, students need to complete a series of vocabulary exercises. The first one starts with a phrase map. Students look at eight incomplete phrases with the verb learn and choose a word from a box to complete each of them (e.g. learn by heart, learn a lesson). Next, they put them into practice and use each phrase to complete one of eight gapped sentences. Afterwards, students look at a list of jumbled sentences containing sequence adverbs (e.g. next, then, finally) and put them in order to create a short text about learning. 

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Video & discussion

The in-class part of the lesson starts with a matching activity. Students look at question halves involving the expressions with learn which they studied earlier and join the corresponding pairs. Then, they discuss them and share their learning experiences with their classmates. They move on to the first part of a video about learning new skills. Students watch the first minute and answer three questions, making some predictions about the next part. Then, they watch the rest of the video and using some words given in a box, they have to complete ten sentences (starting with sequence adverbs) to summarise the story shown in the video. The video activities are followed by a discussion about the necessity of learning new skills and a writing task. Students have to think of one thing they have learnt and write down how they learnt it using sequence adverbs in the box.

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  1. Magda Zun

    Great lesson, I’m very happy that you used the video I suggested. Well done guys, I’m very impressed with all your hard work and creativity. xx

    1. Justa

      Thank you!

  2. Yuliya Solovan

    That’s a wonderful lesson!

  3. Indira Yaqubova

    very good

  4. ojanecek

    Hi! I love this video and your lesson too.
    However, I’d suggest to put a disclaimer in the description. (like the one you have for the colours/emotions lesson)
    You know, I didn’t realise how disturbing this video could be for one of my students. I had been successfully using the video in my lessons even before it appeared here on ESL Brains, however all these people had been young adults/middle aged.

    It’d been some time since I’d seen it so, of course, I forgot about the end! I changed the lesson a bit, so we just went through a couple of minutes in the class, tried a few sentences and I asked her to watch the rest and describe the process at home. However, as I found out later, my student’s mother had passed away some time ago and the story made her quite uncomfortable.

    So I learned it the hard way – always watch the videos before the lessons even if you think you remember them well. (and, hopefully, read the disclaimers 🙂

    1. Stan

      Yeah, this story is quite emotional and the ending can really pull at your heartstrings. I totally understand that might be overwhelming for someone who is grieving. However, I don’t know what kind of a disclaimer we should put here. The video doesn’t include any foul language, violence, nudity or death. Of course, it touches the issue of passing away but only implicitly. I think you were just super unlucky that you used it with that student (obviously, not knowing what her experience is).

      1. ptkcollins

        This is a great lesson and the video is particularly good, however, I do agree that there should be some sort of indication that the video deals with the difficult issue of dementia. I find it strange that there is no reference on the summary or the lesson plan as to why the elderly woman might be having difficulties with the task she wishes to accomplish. It is certainly an emotional video and I do agree that a teacher should check content before choosing to use it but at the same time the topic can be quite upsetting for some, especially those who are dealing with elderly parents or grandparents with dementia. I would certainly use this lesson plan but it would not suit every group.

  5. Murni Alidawati

    I like the idea. Thank you.

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