The limits of human memory

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Vocabulary - remember, recall, recollect and remind

lesson plan on memory


Through this lesson plan on memory, students will learn the differences between the verbs remember, recall, recollect and remind as well as watch a video about a person with superior autobiographical memory.

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


As a warm-up activity, students have to complete the questions with correct prepositions that go with the word memory. Then, they need to answer them. After that, they move to another task on vocabulary. This time they read some sentences which include the verbs remember, recall, recollect and remind. They have to match them to their meanings and in one case, they can match more than one verb to a specific meaning. To practise and see more examples including the verbs, students complete the sentences by choosing the correct verb.


The lead-in to a video is a short discussion. Students need to answer questions which include the verbs they practised before. Next, they watch the video (only up to 4:10) for the first time and just need to get a general idea about superior autobiographical memory. By the way, the video is from Australian TV and it features an American actress so you have a mix of Australian and American English accents here. We like using videos with some Australian speakers as very often this accent is not featured in ESL coursebooks. When watching the video again, students have to answer some comprehension questions. Finally, this lesson plan on memory ends with a discussion about the ability of the person presented in the video.



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  1. Jevi

    it looks very interesting. thank you 🙂

    1. Justa

      Happy to hear that 🙂

  2. Tonya

    Thanks a lot, it´s a great lesson plan!

    1. Justa


  3. Neil

    Hi ya, have been visiting your wonderful site for a while now, and I always find your choice of topic and lesson plans extremely useful. Thank you very much.

    1. Justa

      We’re really happy you enjoy and find our materials useful 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  4. Catherine

    My students really enjoyed this lesson. I asked them to write an article about the topic and they wrote some really interesting pieces. Thanks for the lesson.

    1. Justa

      Great to hear that! And thanks for the idea for a writing task!

  5. Aga

    Where do you think the narrator is from? I can’t really place her accent. My guess is Australian/New Zealand

    1. Justa

      Right, the reporter Allison Langdon is Australian 🙂

  6. Matt Burnett

    Excellent lesson plan. The video and discussion questions were also great. Thank you

    1. Justa

      Thanks, Matt!

  7. Alzbeta

    Hello Justa, thank you for these lessons, they are great!
    I have cut the video and added subtitles, so if anyone wants to use it during the class you can download it here:

    and here:

    1. Justa

      Alzbeta, thank you so much for you comment and sharing the links with us 🙂

  8. worldinscore

    Actually, you’re happy to READ that! 😀

  9. VWicks

    I have used it twice now in flipped online 1-on-1 lessons at two different levels, B1 and advanced. Both learners did the warm-up task and watched the video before our lesson. For the B1 learner (45 min lesson) I found a simpler video about the same subject and concentrated in the lesson on the vocabulary remember/remind/recall. For the more advanced learner (60 min lesson) I included all the discussions. Both learners found it interesting and felt they learnt something from it. So Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Justa

      Thank you so much for the feedback and I’m happy your students enjoyed the lesson!

    2. Cecilia Noemi Sosa

      Hi! Could you tell us which video you used for B1 learners?

  10. Samara Oliveira

    Just used this lesson with my 1:1 intermediate students this week and they loved it! Really interesting topic. Thank you.

    1. Justa

      Great! Thanks for commenting!

  11. rosangela zanatta

    Excellent class! Thank you very much!

  12. Letícia Yoshinaga Bonini

    Excellent material!

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