This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at pre-Intermediate and above explores the theme of the Northern Ireland. Students will build their knowledge of Northern Ireland and practice their reading skills.


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.Students will have the chance to read about Northern Ireland and find out a little about its people and culture.

Note this is an old plan, so the webpage it links to is no longer available. You can print out the texts from the worksheets below though.


Northern Ireland


Pre-Intermediate and above


60-90 mins


  • To develop all four communication skills
  • To revise language of describing places


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks and answers to tasks.

Download lesson plan 175k pdf

Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Six tasks based around the culture of Northern Ireland.

Download worksheets 100k pdf

For more information about this topic you can visit these sites:

Jo Budden, Teacher, Materials Writer, British Council, Spain

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Could the creator of the Northern Ireland lesson please amend it? I have used it a few times and my students have queried the bracketed comment about protestants conveniently changing 'allegiance' when it comes to rugby. Teaching N.Ireland is complicated enough without authors showing clear bias. There is always an undertone of opinion in reporting the subject but clear (incorrect and misleading) prejudice has no place in teaching EFL. To justify the misleading information protestants generally do support an all Ireland rugby team, but in the same way that Welsh and Scottish people would support a British Team GB at the olympics. This has nothing to do with shifting allegiance and is more an extension of cultural and national identity. Ulster rugby players play in the Ireland rugby team and are rightly cheered on by Ulster fans when they do.
I enjoy using the resources as they are intended to be used and I don't want to start editing them. The bracketed comment just jumps out as totally unnecessary and insulting. I hope it can be removed.

Thanks for your feedback on this lesson. We have removed the sentence from the lesson plan. We hope that you continue to enjoy using our materials in class.

Best wishes,
TE Team

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