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07 May 2020

Access the face-to-face and online teaching versions of this lesson plan exploring the theme of chocolate.

20 Mar 2018

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

23 Feb 2012

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

10 Feb 2012

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

26 Jan 2012

This lesson focuses on the differences between how girls and boys perform at secondary school in the UK.

08 Dec 2011

Theme: ChristmasLexical area: Christmas vocabulary

18 Nov 2011

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

12 Aug 2011

Theme: TattoosLexical area: Tattoo designs and body parts

22 Jun 2011

In this lesson students will discuss what the key ingredients of a summer festival are, read some fact files about popular summer...

08 Jun 2011

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

25 May 2011

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

13 Apr 2011

Theme: Easter Lexical area: Easter vocabulary

17 Mar 2011

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

09 Feb 2011

Did you know that in the UK we spend about £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day?

17 Nov 2010

This lesson focuses on the topic of pocket money and pester power.

16 Sep 2010

This lesson is all about photography. In it, students will firstly brainstorm vocabulary related to the topic, and then do a mingle...

07 Jul 2010

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

23 Jun 2010

This Essential UK lesson plan is part of four entitled ‘Destination UK’. It focuses on Scotland.

25 May 2010

This lesson focuses on the topic of sleep and sleeping habits.

12 May 2010

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

05 May 2010

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

03 Mar 2010

This lesson focuses on cooking and the rising popularity of TV chefs.

10 Feb 2010

This lesson offers a variety of activities based on child maths prodigies.

09 Dec 2009

This lesson offers a variety of activities based on graffiti and the Banksy exhibition that took place in Bristol in 2009.

12 Nov 2009

This lesson offers a variety of activities based on MI6, The British Secret Intelligence Service, which was officially recognized by the...

03 Nov 2009

Theme: Bonfire Night in the UKLexical area: Festivals

15 Oct 2009

This lesson offers a variety of activities based on British round-the-world travellers; a cyclist, a running granny and a teenage sailor...

08 Jul 2009

This lesson is all about cycling and cycling habits.

29 Apr 2009

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

14 Jan 2009

Age range: 11- adultTheme: PetsLexical area: Animals

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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...
  • Students will make predictions about how well boys and girls perform in different exams, read and categorise opinions about gender differences, and then take part in a discussion on the pros and cons of single sex schooling. Aims: • To practise...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Students will also read and find out information about the Glastonbury festival, and finally get creative and design their own summer festival. Aims: • To practise speaking skills through discussion • To practise reading skills • 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...
  • 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. Students will brainstorm vocabulary related to the topic and then discuss some well-known quotes about love. They will...
  • 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 and then devise a class survey in order to compare the situation in their...
  • The classroom will then be ‘transformed’ into a photography exhibition, and students will practise giving opinions about a set of photos. Students will also invent a character based on a photo, and take part in a role play about a celebrity seeking...
  • 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...
  • Students will do a quiz to see what they know about Scotland, speak about minority languages and their importance, write questions for a text about life in Scotland, and read about the national dish of haggis. Finally students will have the...
  • 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 about sleep, where students talk about their own experiences....
  • 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...
  • 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 cooking trends in the UK, read and complete a recipe, and then finally...
  • 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 about their education and life. There are two reading texts about two well...
  • Students are introduced to the topic of graffiti, they complete a quiz to see what they know about its origins and history, and then read a text about Banksy and graffiti in the UK. Students are then asked to discuss their opinions about graffiti in...
  • Firstly, students are introduced to the topic, and then do a quiz, which will present some of the vocabulary they will need later in the lesson. They will then read a text about MI6 and check their understanding of it. There is an information gap...
  • 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...
  • Students will firstly review country names, and then there is an activity to pre-teach vocabulary for a jigsaw reading task, where students will explain their texts to each other. There follows a role play in which students play the part of a...
  • 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 cycling. There is a reading...
  • 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...
  • Although some of the task are better suited to higher levels, several of the activities can be used with low levels too. Firstly, students are asked to rank global problems from most to least important to them. Then there is a brief vocabulary...

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