This lesson gives students an insight into how UK General Elections work and helps them develop their knowledge of political lexis and practise their speaking skills.

In the lesson, students will watch the beginning of a short film entitled General Election Explained, which should be used to spark debate and provide background knowledge.

They will consider why it is important to vote and discuss the reasons why many young people choose not to do so. Finally, students will take part in a role play in which political candidates try to persuade people to use their vote.

Topic: General Elections
Level: B1
Time: 75 minutes


  • To give students an insight into how UK General Elections work.
  • To develop students’ knowledge of political lexis and give them the opportunity to use it.
  • To develop students’ awareness of the use of the first conditional and to allow them to practise this in a semi-structured speaking activity.

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