This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at level B1 and above explores the theme of sleep. Students will develop their knowledge of Scotland and practise their reading and speaking skills.


How many hours sleep do teenagers need? Do you ever fall asleep on public transport? This lesson asks students to read and talk about sleep. It includes a running dictation, a quiz, a text with an information gap activity and a debate on whether or not school should start later for teens.






60 minutes


  • To help students talk about sleep and how it affects our lives
  • To develop students’ reading and listening skills
  • To develop students’ communication skills
  • To develop students’ debating skills


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By Sally Trowbridge

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Thanks Sally for this very good lesson on ‘sleep’. Am looking forward to listening to what my teenage learners have to say on this interesting topic.

Thank you, and best wishes


Brilliant, Sally! My teenagers in China used to list 'sleeping' as their second most favourite pastime (after 'play computer') and when we did a lesson on this topic it was really well received by even the least interested students ... This one is really good! 

I just don't how it happened that I skipped this lesson plan. I'll try to use this lesson plan and write brief comment on that. Thank you very much for this lesson plan.  

So I promised you to write the brief comment. I have tried this lesson plan. My students liked it. They especially were very excited  looking at the photos about Brazil carnaval. Running dictation was very attractive for them. They were so enthusiastic about this activity. I think I should sometimes use running dictation. They liked to answer the questions on the quiz which wasn't very difficult for them.  But they were a bit challenged in the "Infromation gap" acctivity. Thank you for this lesson plan.

Hello! I find this topic very acute in the light of the current rhyme of life. Students often underestimate the importance of sleep, they do not realize that it may lead to serious problems. I will borrow the idea of the lesson as I think it will be useful for my students to hold such discussion.

I've already read through the lesson plan, however I still can recognize what methologoies are used in the lesson plan. Can anyone tell me about this?

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