This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at level B1 is based on the theme of school. Students will develop their vocabulary and fluency through a range of speaking activities.


A little imagination, that is, on both the teacher’s and the students’ part, can transcend the boundaries of an otherwise mundane topic and provide plenty to talk about for a couple of hours.Even those topic areas seen as non-starters can keep a class going for a lesson, provided activities are well structured and each stage is different, challenging, and does not last too long.




B1+ (can be adapted)


Up to two hours


  • To develop fluency through a range of speaking activities
  • To introduce related vocabulary


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

Download lesson plan 150k pdf

Worksheets: worksheets which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Running dictation
  • Choosing a school
  • Discussion

Download worksheets 141k pdf

Chris Trickett

The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment below and save it on your computer.

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Find out more about speaking activities to develop fluency in our teacher development module Understanding speaking – key terms and issues.



There is always such great lessons here to use for our students. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them all with us. We all need different and innovative ways to teach, and this is sure one of them.

My students chiefly like speaking activities.There are diverse activities in this lesson plan.I think the will enjoy this lesson exceedingly.Thanks for sharing!

my teen B1 class loved this activity! I also used some of the content for a teen B2 class.
total success....thanks so much for sharing!

Hello vonbrizon,

Thanks for the feedback and for letting us know about the error with the role play task on the student worksheet. I've corrected it now, so you can use it in class. Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused you.

Best wishes
TE Team

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