Success and fame

This double topic deals with success, something we are all keen to have in our lives and fame, something many of us are not. This lesson was created for Intermediate level students but could be adapted for other levels.

It is a two-hour lesson but depending on the students could vary.

Planning a series of different activities on a single theme helps move a class from short idea-building conversations to more involved discussion or debate in which they have more freedom to express themselves and build their spoken confidence. It also helps break the topic down into more manageable sections.

Plan components

Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks.

Worksheets: four downloadable worksheet exercises which can be printed out for use in class.

  • Worksheet A - One copy per pair
  • Worksheet B - One copy per pair
  • Worksheet C - One for each group of four
  • Worksheet D - One copy for each pair

Pictures of famous people, to suit the class, I recommend 6 to 8

Names of famous people (try to vary it), maybe two for each student in the class (see Stage 8 for information).

By Chris Trickett

The plan and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format. If you have difficulty downloading the materials see the download section of the Help page.

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suzy-jenkins's picture

This looks interesting. It's not in the English or teaching area of language, but my concern is the way children see fame today.I see success seperate from fame. You can be famous by failing. However, the bigger issue is all the reality t.v. shows today with normal people becoming famous. Children today don't want to grow up to be astronauts, teachers, etc. Ask most children, and they want to be famous. Whether it's an athlete, rock star, or idol champion. I think this would be a great way to teach the difference between fame and success.

Beccy2345's picture

Thanks for this, this material is extremely useful.  It's funny, in my time we would never had needed a lesson on success and fame.  Interesting to see how reality TV and the concept of 'celebrity' has even influenced teaching curriculums.