What are you glad to give?

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Vocabulary - basic collocations with give

basic collocations with give


The main objectives of this lesson with a focus on the theme of altruism and generosity are to:

  • learn and practise basic collocations with ‘give’;
  • discuss various ways to take charitable actions and the motivations behind them; 
  • practise listening skills with an authentic video.

Students engage in a deep discussion on varied perspectives on giving. They reflect on their personal experiences and express their opinions on the different forms of giving. They also explore different charitable activities and watch a social campaign video that sparks conversation about the importance of giving. Additionally, students have the chance to read and engage in discussions related to influencers, exploring popularity, motivations, and opinions on publicized acts of generosity.

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


This lesson starts with a warm-up in which students talk about their recent experiences related to an act of kindness. Subsequently, students practise using basic collocations with ‘give’ in different contexts. Following a reinforcement of vocabulary, they express their opinions on statements related to giving, fostering a class discussion with varied perspectives. Afterward, students delve into different charitable activities and discuss personal experiences and motivations associated with them.


In this part of the lesson, students watch a social campaign video about the importance of giving and identify the various things people often give to others. Then, they practise their critical viewing, and identify and discuss stories (not) mentioned in the video. Subsequently, students express their thoughts on what they watched, discussing its impact and the motivation it provides.


In the last part of this lesson, students read and revise two texts, so they can identify and change incorrect words in each passage (these also include some of the basic collocations with ‘give’ introduced before). They also participate in discussions related to the influencers mentioned in the texts, exploring popularity, motivations, and opinions on publicized acts of generosity.


This lesson plan also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students practise the use of basic collocations with ‘give’ and other vocabulary items to discuss acts of giving. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.



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  1. Andrew Green

    Hi there, excellent lesson.

    I noticed one error:
    – On slide 30, the word “left” should be the error and replaced with “lift”. In this slide, the word “their” is noted as being incorrect.

    The various lesson plans have been immensely helpful. All the best for 2024.

    1. Stan

      Andrew, we checked that both on Windows and macOS on two browsers: Chrome and Safari. In both cases, the correct word is crossed out. We believe the error on your side might be due to the browser and OS you use. Can you please let us know what browser you use to open that e-lesson plan and what your OS is?

      1. Andrew Green

        Hi Stan,

        I am using a Windows PC.

        I just double-checked:
        – using Firefox I get this error
        – using Chrome, the correct word is crossed out.

        1. Stan

          Unfortunately, there’s a myriad of OS versions and browsers that people use and it turns out Google Slides presentations are rendered slightly different in some of them. The differences are often miniscule but in rare situation like this one, they cause confusion. We optimize our e-lesson plans for Chrome and Safari as these are the most popular browsers used. Firefox is only used by 5% of ESL Brains users, so we decided not to focus on that. Please use Chrome to get the best results.


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