The stuff of science fiction?

Title separator

Talking about the future

lesson about science fiction

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson about science fiction, students watch a video about predicting advances in science and technology, talk about sci-fi and learn some vocabulary related to future predictions.

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
60 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.

LESSON OVERVIEW

Vocabulary

In the pre-class part of this lesson about science fiction, students do two vocabulary tasks. First, they read six statements and find the defined words and phrases (e.g. circumspection, worst-case scenario). In the second task, students complete gaps with correct forms of words in brackets (e.g. foresee unforeseen, alarm alarmist). The vocabulary from this part is later used in the lesson. 

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Vocabulary revision

In the in-class part of this lesson about science fiction, students look at five common sci-fi themes and give examples of books or films with them. They also discuss which of the themes they enjoy watching or reading about most. Then, students complete gaps in six sentences with one word each. The first letters are provided. Students studied the words (or phrases) in the pre-class part of the lesson. After that, students discuss whether the opinions expressed in the sentences are alarmist or a sign of circumspection. 

Video & discussion

Before watching the video, students look at some clues as to who futurists are and complete the gaps. Then, they watch the first part of the video and check their answers. Before watching the second part of the video, students discuss three questions. They watch the second part and compare it with the ideas they discussed. Then, students spend some time discussing the ideas from the video. They talk about what being a futurist and predicting the future entails. Next, students look at some ideas from sci-fi films and series, and try to think of examples. They also explain the concepts from the films in detail.

Speaking & homework

In the last part of this lesson about science fiction, students look at several future predictions from the lesson and decide how likely they are to come true by assigning each of them into one of three categories. The teacher can also decide to ask students additional questions listed in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. The worksheet also contains a task which can be used as homework or revision. Students look at four topics and talk (or write) about them using words and phrases from the lesson

WORKSHEETS

 

Comments

Title separator

Leave a Reply

Browse other materials recommended for you

Title separator
lesson about technology
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

Will these lenses change the world?

Technology

In this lesson about technology, students watch two videos about smart contact lenses and discuss augmented reality. 

lesson about poetry
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Why poetry still matters

General

In this lesson about poetry, students have a chance to talk about different aspects of this form of literature. Students discuss many questions, watch a video, and read and analyse some poems. 

Business English speaking class
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

The future of bricks-and-mortar retail shopping

Business General

In this Business English speaking class, students watch a video about the future of bricks-and-mortar retail shopping and discuss shopping trends.

inversion in English
C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Female pioneers (inversion in English)

General Grammar

In this lesson, students learn how to use inversion in English. They also talk about gender inequality, watch a video and read short texts about women pioneers.  

New Year worksheet
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

Out with the old, in with the new

General

This New Year worksheet contains a lot of speaking activities. Students also watch a video about New Year’s traditions and discuss the celebration in different cultures.

rules and laws vocabulary
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Regulating big tech

Business Technology

This lesson on regulation and technology focuses on rules and laws vocabulary. The lesson features a video about a law and a discussion on regulating big companies and different technologies.

lesson about mental health
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Psychedelics in mental health therapy

General Lifestyle

In this lesson about mental health, students watch a video about psychedelic drugs in mental health therapy, learn some vocabulary and hold a debate. 

C1 / Advanced
Critical Reading Club 30 min
Loading

Global skills passport

Business Technology

In this lesson, students discuss the idea of a global skills passport presented in the article, and practise vocabulary related to the topic.

speaking about news
C1 / Advanced | C2 / Proficiency
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

In news we trust?

General

This worksheet focuses on speaking about news and news sources. Students also talk about changes and problems related to the media and news and watch and discuss a video. 

Show more lessons

Questions

Title separator

Is there a minimum subscription period if I choose a monthly subscription?

No, there’s no minimum required number of subscription months. You can cancel any time you want. Basically, you can sign up and then cancel your subscription the next day, which will mean you have access for 1 month and won’t be charged again.

What currencies can I pay in for my subscription?

Our default currency is USD (American dollar), but you can also pay in EUR (euro), GBP (British pound sterling) or PLN (Polish zloty). You can change the currency you want to pay in at the Pricing page before selecting a subscription plan.

How can I edit an e-lesson plan?

You can get your own editable copy of an e-lesson plan and make changes to it. To do so, either (1) make a copy of it on your Google Drive (preferable method) or (2) download it in a Powerpoint format (but formatting might be a bit off so we can’t guarantee that it will work well).

Read more FAQ
Title separator

ESL Brains

Forgot password?
or continue with