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.

Social Status

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about what social status is, watch a video about anxiety in social situations, and have a conversation about how social status affects our lives.

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Organised Crime

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about what organised crime is, watch a video about money laundering, and have a conversation about how to tackle organised crime.

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Privacy

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the importance of privacy, watch a video about how a lack of privacy can change people’s behaviour, and have a conversation about how people’s privacy is invaded.

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Mass Surveillance

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about why governments want to spy on their citizens, watch a video about how terrorism laws are used to justify mass surveillance, and have a conversation about the privacy issues surrounding state surveillance.

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Identity Theft

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about how criminals can steal your identity, watch a video about what to do if you are the victim of identity theft, and have a conversation about how to protect yourself against identity theft.

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Data Protection

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the importance of keeping personal data safe, watch a video about a data privacy scandal at Facebook, and have a conversation about the consequences of data breaches.

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The United Nations

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the importance of international relations, watch a video about the UN Security Council, and have a conversation about the successes and failures of the UN.

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Economics

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about how the economy works, watch a video about economic bubbles, and have discuss the difference between capitalism and socialism.

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Power & Influence

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk who has the most power in society, watch a video about how leaders hold on to power, and have a conversation about whether power should be distributed equally.

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Overtourism

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the causes and consequences of overtourism, watch a video about the issues, and have a conversation about possible solutions for excessive tourism.

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Cultural Globalisation

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about how globalisation has changed national cultures, watch a lecture from the University of Sydney, and have a discuss whether all cultures will merge into one.

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Colonialism

In this ESL lesson plan, students will talk about the effects of colonialism on indigenous people, watch a video about Christopher Columbus, and have a conversation about the modern-day effects of colonialism.

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