Lesson Plans

An archive of all activities and lesson plans on English Advantage by date order. All content is original and developed by me, and I try to give credit for anyone who inspired me or whose ideas I borrowed. You are free to use any lesson plans or activities in any way you like, to print out, download, modify, or link to anything on this site. However, please do not post any of my lesson plans on your site or present any content as if it was your own original work. Thanks.


The Environment and Slow Cities

A discussion lesson plan on ecology, environmental protection and the slow city (Cittaslow) movement.

Guide Students Through a Sample Problem Solution Essay

This is less a lesson plan and more a worksheet to guide students through writing the problem-solution essay: Guide to a problem solution essay.
I found that when teaching the problem-solution essay, it was difficult to get students to understand how to do more than write a list of solutions. So I deliberately created a slightly complicated problem with lots of potential solutions for students to follow. This can be used as review or even as a test. You can also go through it in class step by step and have students fill it …Continue

Pre-Writing Techniques

A lot of students don’t appreciate the importance of pre-writing or brainstorming or warming up to write. Often they want to sit down and start putting pen to paper immediately. However taking a few minutes to think and plan and get your brain working is an important part of writing a good essay. If you know what you are going to say, you can concentrate more on grammar and style while you write. So here are a couple of good exercises to give students in order to help their brain warm up before they get to writing.

Process Essay

To my collection of resources for teaching students to write a process essay, I am adding a Process Essay Test. I designed this to test both reading skills and writing skills. It asks students to reverse outline a fairly simple process essay about doing well in college. Then students are given practice applying transition words by rewriting a list of instructions as a process paragraph.
Here are a couple of other resources I use to teach the process essay:

Process Essay Graphic Organizer
Details for the Process Essay

Leading Questions to Get Opposing Arguments and Rebuttals

This is a worksheet I designed to help teach students the all-too confusing art of writing argument or opinion essays. It’s particularly difficult for them to write convincing opposing arguments and rebuttals. The format of an argumentative essay is also difficult to write. So in this worksheet, I ask them to think of a change they want to make to the school.Usually students want to do something pretty controversial such as have school start later or cut classes or fire all the teachers or something. So it’s easy for them …Continue

Only Like This Do I Teach Negative Inversion

Demystify negative inversion for emphatic sentences with this painless lesson plan that places the grammar form in the context of other similar structures in English.

Your New Career

A lesson plan where students do a personality test and then discover their perfect job. Students love it and it generates lots of discussion about whether personality and career are actually related or not.

IELTS Speaking Part I

Based on my experience teaching the IELTS test, here’s my lesson plan for introducing the Speaking section of the IELTS, starting with part I.

Survive

A discussion lesson plan where students imagine they have survived a plane crash and have to choose the best items they will need to survive. A great way to get kids talking.

School Slang

This lesson plan is designed to teach some basic school slang. Students have often been exposed to slang or at least seen movies and TV shows about high school with slang. So they will appreciate this lesson. Not all the terms here are technically slang. Students who plan to study in the US need to know freshman, sophomore, detention. So this lesson also goes over some of those terms.

Food

This is a pretty simple discussion lesson plan to get students talking about food from different perspectives. It can be used as part of a lesson, or supplemented with activities, games, and so on. I found this was a good lesson to do when I was still getting to know students because it is a pretty universal topic and as a foreigner in a foreign country, students love telling me about their traditional food!

Restaurant

A comprehensive lesson plan to cover vocabulary and commonly used words and expressions for going to the restaurant. It also gives practice in dealing with bad waiters/waitresses or bad customers. Can be followed up by talking about food or common polite constructions like, “would you like?” Note that while this lesson plan can be easily adapted to beginners, and textbooks provide plenty of resources for easy dialogues ordering food, I have written this lesson plan for intermediate and advanced students.

Have You Ever, Would You Ever

Basically this lesson is a list of questions to get students talking about unusual experiences. It can be good practice for conditional structures so it might follow a lesson on the use of would as hypothetical: ‘I would go to France if I had enough money.’ ‘I would eat a cockroach if they were baked in a cake.’

Randy’s New Friend

Randy makes a new friend. A reading that teaches possessive pronouns in a reading text for beginners and young learners, and also introduces Katie, the diamond-loving cat.

Randy and the Shiny Pizza

Meet Randy the Raccoon in this reading lesson, and find out why he loves shiny things and what he does when he goes to the dumpster.