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Lesson plans

Our lesson plans give you a series of activities to use in your classroom, including procedure and worksheets to download. The lessons can be accessed by most recent or by CEF level.

Monthly lesson plan - Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature and our monthly lesson plan for March looks at this event in more detail. Students watch a promotional video for Earth Hour, read a text about Earth Hour in the UK, and talk about issues related to the topic. Students listen to a song from the video as an extension activity.

Monthly lesson plan - Online safety

February 11th is Safer Internet Day. To help raise awareness of this important issue, our monthly lesson plan for February 2014 is all about online safety and young learners.

In this lesson, students start by talking about how they use the internet, they then watch a video about online safety and read about staying safe online. They do a speaking activity based on the video and the text, and finish by making a poster with their top tips for staying safe online.

Monthly lesson plan - This year I...

In this lesson, students are introduced to and discuss the topic of New Year resolutions, while focusing on the form and use of ‘going to’ to express personal intentions.

Monthly lesson plan - Movember

In this lesson students read about the Movember charity, discuss issues related to charities and health, then join an ‘imaginary’ online chat group to organise their own charity event.

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Monthly lesson plan - A tour of London

In this lesson students practise vocabulary of famous places in London, listen to a light-hearted recording of a guided tour on an open top bus in London, check their comprehension, and then do a speaking activity based on the listening.

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.

Carnivores vs. herbivores

This lesson focuses on the difference between carnivores and herbivores. Students watch the video Triumph of the Herbivores, available from BBC Earth, about how herbivores escape being eaten by carnivores and then do one of the suggested follow-up activities.

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.

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Susan Laughs

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Susan Laughs. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

The Very Busy Spider

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook The Very Busy Spider. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

Tusk Tusk

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Tusk Tusk. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

What if?

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook What if? It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

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Rich!

This lesson takes a light-hearted look at money and magazines. Students invent their extremely wealthy future selves and then take turns to be journalists interviewing and writing for 'Rich!!' magazine. 

Storytelling: Carnival crime

Stories are a highly adaptable teaching tool and can be used in a variety of ways to teach a variety of skills.

Using a story: Miko the monkey

This lesson uses a story and quiz to develop the reading and vocabulary of primary age young learners.

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Climate change overview

In this lesson students will gain an overview of what climate change is. They will read some short texts, exchange information and make notes. They will also learn some useful vocabulary on the topic.

Conversation lesson - Music

During this skills lesson you might want to use background music where facilities allow. You will also need some samples of music, not necessarily just in English, but a variety of different genres

Conversation lesson - School

A little imagination, that is, on both the teacher’s and the students’ part, can transcend the boundaries of an otherwise mundane topic and provide plenty to talk about for a couple of hours.

Conversation lesson – News

Where were you when you heard about ...? There are some news stories which leave nobody in any difficulty when answering this question, so even allowing for sensitivity to certain subjects in a classroom situation, there are already dozens of things most people can talk about.

Cooking in Britain Today

This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking.The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.

Cuisenaire rods for storytelling

The ability to tell stories, jokes and anecdotes is an important part of our everyday communication both in and out of the language classroom.

Cycling

In this lesson students think about and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cycling and consider what else they could do personally to reduce their carbon emissions.

Destination - Wales

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about Wales. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the four countries that make up the UK.

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Consumer society

The aim of this lesson is to give students practice in reading for information and argument in an article about consumer society and give them an opportunity to discuss their opinions about the topic

Conversation lesson - Music

During this skills lesson you might want to use background music where facilities allow. You will also need some samples of music, not necessarily just in English, but a variety of different genres

Conversation lesson - School

A little imagination, that is, on both the teacher’s and the students’ part, can transcend the boundaries of an otherwise mundane topic and provide plenty to talk about for a couple of hours.

Conversation lesson – News

Where were you when you heard about ...? There are some news stories which leave nobody in any difficulty when answering this question, so even allowing for sensitivity to certain subjects in a classroom situation, there are already dozens of things most people can talk about.

Cooking in Britain Today

This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking.The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.

Cuisenaire rods for storytelling

The ability to tell stories, jokes and anecdotes is an important part of our everyday communication both in and out of the language classroom.

Destination - England

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about England. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the four countries that make up the UK.

Destination - Northern Ireland

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about Northern Ireland. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the countries that make up the UK.

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Living in the UK

In this lesson, learners read about the different countries of the UK: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Much Ado about Nothing

This lesson plan follows on from the article 'Shakespeare for Teens' and it is best exploited as a series of two or three lessons.

Neighbours

Neutral topics tend to revolve around everyday things, but do give everybody chance to talk. And after all, you can make anything interesting if you try. This speaking lesson is all about neighbours - something nearly all students will be familiar with.

Odyssey 2050

Many important movies are being made about climate change but few are aimed at young audiences. The Odyssey 2050 project is different as it is aimed at raising awareness among young people worldwide of the need to prevent dangerous climate change. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office invites young people around the world to participate in the making of an animated feature film, under the guidance of the artistic director in the production of 'Avatar'.

OPENCities – Lesson 1: Different kinds of cities

OPENCities is a collaboration project between the British Council, European Commission, City Governments world-wide, and a growing range of institutional partners. The lesson plans in this series aim to support understanding of the potential for cities to more fully embrace the opportunities presented by international population flows.

OPENCities – Lesson 2: Why do people migrate?

OPENCities is a collaboration project between the British Council, European Commission, City Governments world-wide, and a growing range of institutional partners. The lesson plans in this series aim to support understanding of the potential for cities to more fully embrace the opportunities presented by international population flows.

 

OPENCities – Lesson 3: Cities and migration

OPENCities is a collaboration project between the British Council, European Commission, City Governments world-wide, and a growing range of institutional partners. The lesson plans in this series aim to support understanding of the potential for cities to more fully embrace the opportunities presented by international population flows.
 

OPENCities – Lesson 4: Settling down in a new country

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