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Coffee shop showdown

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Use this lesson in online classes with adults at B1 level to help develop listening and speaking skills.


This lesson plan is both a standalone plan for one listening / video lesson - which uses a video called ‘Coffee-Shop Showdown’ from The English Channel and an overview of how to stage and construct listening or media-based plans more generally, with an emphasis on how top-down and bottom-up modes of processing work during the course of such a lesson. You can therefore use this lesson plan to deliver a quality video lesson, as well as use it as a template and guide to create your own material. 600 + suitable video excerpts, with activities, can be found on The English Channel, and of course, such lessons are especially suitable for the online classroom.


  • To provide top-down scaffolding for an authentic listening text
  • To present and practice lexis from the video via noticing and analysis of the listening text
  • To give listening practice based on an authentic listening text contained in the video
  • To raise students’ confidence when dealing with potentially intimidating material

Age group and level

Adults and older teenagers at CEFR level B1


70 minutes in a single class or divided over two lessons


Important: Please read

To support teachers working online during the COVID-19 pandemic, this lesson has been adapted for teachers providing online classes. The lesson notes are specifically for online lessons and the class materials have been made available as a PDF.

Included in the teachers' notes, there is guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1