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This lesson uses a very simple poem to convey the feelings of the Caribbean immigrants who arrived in Britain in the 1940s and 50s.

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Theme: Health, fitness, lifestylesLexical area: Sports, recreational activities, frequency adverbsCross curricular links: Personal and...

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This lesson looks at various aspects of the UK educational system, the concept of a 'gap-year' and school reunions.

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Theme: Girls’ performance in the GCSE exams. UK exam system.Lexical area: School subjects and exam related vocabularyCross curricular...

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Theme: ChristmasLexical area: Christmas vocabulary

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Theme: Buildings and lifestyles, personal taste.Lexical area: Buildings, features of buildings and decorationCross curricular links:...

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Theme: HalloweenLexical area: SuperstitionCross curricular links: Personal and social education

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Theme: TattoosLexical area: Tattoo designs and body parts

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Theme: Shopping. Has the UK become a nation of shopaholics?Lexical area: Types of shops and ways of shoppingCross curricular links: ...

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Theme: School uniforms and teenage dress codesLexical area: clothes, fashion itemsCross curricular links: personal and social education...

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Theme: Easter Lexical area: Easter vocabulary

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Theme: April Fool’s DayLexical area: Jokes and hoaxes.

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Theme: Valentine's DayLexical area: Love, dating and romance

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Theme: Young people’s spending habits in the UK, teenagers working.Lexical area: Money, earnings, saving, consumer goods, quantity and...

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Age range: 12 - adultTheme: PhotographyLexical area: Describing photos

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Theme: Identity cards - possible introduction of identity cards in the UKLexical area: Personal details / language for presenting a fo/...

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Theme: ScotlandLexical area: Describing places

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Theme: Sleeping habitsLexical area: Sleep – oversleep, sleepwalk, dream, nightmare, alarm clock, tired etc.

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Theme: Computer games and their effects on young peopleLexical area: Computer languageCross curricular links: Information technology,...

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Theme: gardening, growing your own food, finding food in the wild, guerrilla gardeningLexical area: plants, food, gardens

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Theme: Cooking and food trends in the UKLexical area: Food and kitchen utensilsCross curricular links: Media studies, home economics 

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Theme: child prodigies, education, home schoolingLexical area: school subjects, university 

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Theme: GraffitiLexical area: art, vandalism, museums

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Theme: MI6Lexical area: spying, personal information, codes

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Theme: Bonfire Night in the UKLexical area: Festivals

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Theme: Round-the-world travellers, record breakersLexical area: travel, running, sailing, cycling

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Age range: 10 - adultTheme: CyclingLexical area: Transport

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This lesson may be useful as an introductory lesson on Shakespeare.

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Age range: 11- adultTheme: PetsLexical area: Animals

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Age range: 12 - adult Theme: Economic crisisLexical area: Money

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  • The first wave of immigrants started with the arrival of a troop ship from Jamaica called the ‘Empire Windrush’. The people who came to Britain from the West Indies came to be known as the ‘Windrush’ generation. Students will create their own poem,...
  • This lesson is about health and fitness and young people’s lifestyles. In it, students will reflect on their own lifestyles, read a text about UK teenagers, do a fitness survey to compare levels of activity with their classmates, and design a...
  • Introduction In this lesson, learners are introduced to the names of some main school stages and national exams and are given the chance to compare with their country's educational system. Then they practise note-taking and speaking skills with a...
  • This lesson focuses on the differences between how girls and boys perform at secondary school in the UK. Students will make predictions about how well boys and girls perform in different exams, read and categorise opinions about gender differences,...
  • This is a Christmas lesson in which students will review Christmas vocabulary, find out about Christmas celebrations around the world, read a text about people’s attitudes to Christmas in the UK, write a Christmas themed poem and talk about unusual...
  • This lesson focuses on describing houses, and what our houses can say about us. Students will review vocabulary to describe different types of houses and their features, read about unusual housing types, speak about housing in their own country and...
  • Halloween is celebrated on 31st October and is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers across Europe. This lesson plan focuses on a series of activities designed to focus on different skills, all related to Halloween. The activities can be...
  • In this lesson students will talk about their attitudes towards tattoos, read a text about the growing popularity of tattooing in the UK, design a tattoo for somebody and take part in a role play about a tattoo dilemma. Aims: • To practise...
  • In this lesson students will talk about shopping habits and be introduced to the idea of ‘shopaholics’. They will practise vocabulary related to shops, practise speaking in a mingle activity, where they will ask classmates about their shopping...
  • This lesson focuses on school uniform and teenage dress codes. Students will practise vocabulary related to clothes and uniforms, discuss their opinions about school uniforms, read about attitudes to school uniforms in the UK and do a role play...
  • This is an Easter lesson which focuses on a range of language skills. It is aimed at lower levels but the activities could be easily adapted to suit higher levels. Students will review vocabulary related to Easter, practise using prepositions of...
  • In this lesson students will learn about April Fool’s Day in the UK. They will discuss whether they have a similar day in their country, read about attitudes to April Fool’s Day in the UK, read about and then explain some famous April Fool’s Day...
  • Did you know that in the UK we spend about £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day? This lesson is designed to be used near the date of Valentine's Day (14 February) to talk about the topic of love and romance....
  • This lesson focuses on the topic of pocket money and pester power. In it, students will extend their vocabulary related to money and spending, practise speaking skills as they discuss their spending habits, read a text about pocket money in the UK...
  • This lesson is all about photography. In it, students will firstly brainstorm vocabulary related to the topic, and then do a mingle activity to find out more about their classmates photography habits. The classroom will then be ‘transformed’ into a...
  • In 2010, the UK government had a plan to introduce identity cards for all citizens. Reactions to the plan were mixed, and eventually the idea was abandoned. This lesson focuses on the use of identity cards. Students will learn vocabulary related to...
  • This Essential UK lesson plan is part of four entitled ‘Destination UK’. They look at the four countries that make up the UK –this one focuses on Scotland. Students will do a quiz to see what they know about Scotland, speak about minority languages...
  • This lesson focuses on the topic of sleep and sleeping habits. Students will learn and review vocabulary related to sleep, take part in a mingle activity with their classmates and read about different sleeping habits. This leads into a discussion...
  • This lesson is about computer games. It gives students a chance to express their opinions about gaming. There are opportunities to personalise the lesson for your students by giving them the chance to design their own quiz and do a class survey to...
  • This lesson offers a variety of activities based on growing or gathering your own food. Students will do a picture dictation to review vocabulary, read a text about different types of gardening and compare their opinions on these and then take part...
  • This lesson focuses on cooking and the rising popularity of TV chefs. Students will firstly learn and review vocabulary related to cooking and kitchen utensils. They will do a mini-survey to find out their classmates’ cooking habits, read about...
  • This lesson offers a variety of activities based on child maths prodigies. Firstly, there is a warm up activity that reviews the names of school subjects and introduces the topic of education. Then the students prepare questions to ask the teacher...
  • This lesson offers a variety of activities based on graffiti and the Banksy exhibition that took place in Bristol in 2009. Students are introduced to the topic of graffiti, they complete a quiz to see what they know about its origins and history,...
  • This lesson offers a variety of activities based on MI6, The British Secret Intelligence Service, which was officially recognized by the UK government in 1995. Firstly, students are introduced to the topic, and then do a quiz, which will present...
  • This lesson is aimed at lower level students with a variety of activities related to Bonfire night. Students will do a jigsaw reading to complete a text about Bonfire night, they will then discuss their own opinions about it. Students will design a...
  • This lesson offers a variety of activities based on British round-the-world travellers; a cyclist, a running granny and a teenage sailor. Students will firstly review country names, and then there is an activity to pre-teach vocabulary for a jigsaw...
  • This lesson is about cycling. Students practise listening skills with a simple drawing dictation to introduce the topic. They then do a cycling survey of their classmates, and have a discussion where they agree or disagree with some statements about...
  • Introduction In this lesson, learners are introduced to Shakespeare as the topic for the lesson and pool the knowledge that they already have about him with a mind map and quiz activities. They then practise question formation and speaking with an...
  • This lesson is about pets and some tasks are suitable for very low levels. Students will review basic lexis related to animals and then do a class survey to find out information about their classmates’ pets. Students will practise speaking with a...
  • This lesson takes a light hearted look at the economic crisis, or ‘credit crunch' as it's often referred to in the UK. Although some of the task are better suited to higher levels, several of the activities can be used with low levels too. Firstly,...

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