General English ESL Lesson Plans

Our general English ESL lesson plans are designed to help intermediate and advanced students of English boost their confidence when speaking. Each ESL lesson plan is focused on a topic of conversation and also includes vocabulary, listening, reading, and writing activities to improve all language skills.

NATO

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the role of NATO, watch a video about the history of NATO, and have a conversation about whether NATO should be disbanded.

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Poland

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about Polish culture, watch a video about the best places to visit in Poland, and have a conversation about Poland’s place in the world.

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Dreams

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about common dreams, watch a video about why we dream, and have a conversation about dreams for the future.

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Social Class

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about different social classes, watch a video about the influence of the 9.9%, and have a conversation about how class determines a person’s future.

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Big Pharma

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the importance of pharmaceutical companies, watch a video about the opioid crisis, and have a conversation about ethical issues in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Celebrities

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about famous celebrities, watch a video about the history of celebrities, and have a conversation about why we are so obsessed with celebrities.

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Covid-19

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the response to the covid pandemic, watch a video about the development of mRNA vaccines, and have a conversation about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for society.

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Digital Nomads

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the pros and cons of being a digital nomad, watch a video about digital nomads in Thailand, and have a conversation about the popularity of this lifestyle.

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War & Peace

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the causes of war, watch a video about protecting civilians in warzones, and have a conversation about how to prevent war.

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Freedom

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the meaning of freedom, watch a video about free will, and have a conversation about whether freedoms should ever be limited.

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Political Correctness

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about what political correctness means, watch a video about being polite, and have a conversation about whether political correctness has gone mad.

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Petroleum

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the world’s reliance on oil, watch a video about fracking, and have a conversation about how oil affects the world.

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