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Success and fame

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This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at intermediate level explores the theme of success and fame. Students will make develop speaking skills and fluency.


This double topic deals with success, something we are all keen to have in our lives and fame, something many of us are not. This lesson was created for Intermediate level students but could be adapted for other levels.

Planning a series of different activities on a single theme helps move a class from short idea-building conversations to more involved discussion or debate in which they have more freedom to express themselves and build their spoken confidence. It also helps break the topic down into more manageable sections.


120 minutes 


Lesson plan: Guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks.

Worksheets: four downloadable worksheet exercises which can be printed out for use in class.

  • Worksheet A - One copy per pair
  • Worksheet B - One copy per pair
  • Worksheet C - One for each group of four
  • Worksheet D - One copy for each pair

Pictures of famous people, to suit the class, I recommend 6 to 8

Names of famous people (try to vary it), maybe two for each student in the class (see Stage 8 for information).

By Chris Trickett

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Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1