The senses

      What’s your favourite smell? Did you know that flies can taste with their feet? In this lesson, students read and talk about the five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - in relation to humans and animals.

      They practise informal language for introducing and responding to surprising news. Learners examine senses vocabulary and finish with a discussion.

      Topic: The senses

      Average: 3.6 (141 votes)

      Talking about the future

      In this simple lesson students will have a chance to speak freely about different aspects of their future life, while the teacher guides them (with the students' help) to the best available grammar forms in order to do so. 

      Topic: Talking about the future

      Age: Teenage/adult

      Level: B1

      Timing: 60 mins


      Average: 3.1 (77 votes)

      What do you know about Norfolk?

      This lesson includes a challenging audio file with what for many students is an unusual accent. This challenge has been dealt with by keeping the listening tasks simple and developing vocabulary around the topic first. The speaker talks about his life in a part of the UK called Norfolk. The plan includes a vocabulary activity to develop students' ability to use descriptive adjectives and links to visuals to help them get a better picture of this beautiful part of the UK.

      Topic: Life in a Norfolk town


      Average: 3.5 (81 votes)

      Food issues

      This lesson plan has been developed to support the IATEFL Global Issues SIG and their October event focusing on Food issues. The lesson looks at two food-related topics: School dinners and Britain's Snack culture.

      In this lesson students do a jigsaw reading activity where they read and then compare two different texts about food issues. They do a fast and furious speaking activity to practise fluency.

      Average: 3.9 (27 votes)

      Monthly lesson plan - Free time with primary students

      In this lesson, designed for primary students, children practise playground vocabulary, sing a song about the playground, listen to a story about a dog in the park, and play an online game. They also practise speaking and writing about their free time activities. The song and the story have activity sheets and answer sheets to download and print.

      Topic: Free timefree time

      Average: 3.2 (77 votes)

      A food festival

      When students are going to do a listening activity, it is useful to get them thinking about the topic of the listening beforehand. That way they can reactivate and extend their store of vocabulary. In this lesson, students first discuss the topic of food festivals, then they focus on their listening skills in preparation for part 2 of the FCE listening test.

      Through a series of activities students will become more aware of what to ‘notice’ in a gap fill listening exercise, enabling them to do the Listening part 2 more successfully.

      Average: 3.5 (72 votes)

      Class journals

      This lesson plan looks at one way class journals might be set up in order to introduce students to the idea and to get them working with journals

      The kind of class journal described here is designed to get the students writing freely in a range of different ways.  The emphasis is on fluency, as opposed to any kind of genre writing, and

      Average: 3.8 (45 votes)


      Lots of our students like reading and talking about celebrity gossip (although not everyone admits it!). In this lesson students take part in a role playing game in which a celebrity couple are interviewed by a journalist. Then they work in groups to write a report for a gossip magazine.

      Topic: Gossip!

      Level: Lower Intermediate B1


      Average: 3.9 (47 votes)



      Students do lots of texting in their L1 and are often keen to learn how to text in English too. In this lesson students have a discussion, learn some useful texting abbreviations and read an article about texting and literacy.

      Average: 4.2 (66 votes)
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