A free downloadable lesson, based around an authentic new video. One of the biggest supermarkets in the UK has recently come clean about just how much food it wastes. The video talks about this, and about how much food we actually waste at home too.
Suitable from Intermediate/B1+, the lesson starts with some discussion about students’ food buying habits, designed to introduce the topic and to pre-teach a set of useful vocab both for talking about food waste, and to help with comprehension of the video. Students then make some predictions about food waste, and watch the video to confirm. The lesson then looks at some tips to avoid waste, which should provide scope for discussion and some thought about what they could do to stop wasting food.
The video is quite easy to follow and there’s a full transcript in the lesson plan.
Download lesson plan PDF here: ELT Resourceful – Food waste
A free downloadable lesson based around the recent Dove advertisement, showing the huge difference between women’s views of their looks and how other see them. The lesson starts by focusing on collocations to describe facial features, such as thick hair, full lips and so on. Students then watch the video and discuss some of the issues raised, including self -esteem, the role of the media,and differences between men and women. More language to describe physical appearance is ‘pulled out’ of the video, and the lesson ends with students writing detailed descriptions of themselves.
An optional extra that might work well to lighten the class a little is a very funny spoof video, where some men find out that they are actually much uglier than they think they are! The link is in the accompanying notes.
The lesson is suitable from B1+/Intermediate +
Download PDF here: ELT Resourceful – Real Beauty
A free downloadable lesson based around another wonderful animated true story from http://www.storycorps.com. The conversation between a mother and daughter looks back on the family’s struggles as poor immigrants to the US, and how the daughter was inspired by her mother’s determination.
The lesson is suitable from Pre-Intermediate +/A2+, particularly because the animation helps with comprehension. After watching and listening, there is a focus on impersonal pronouns/adverbs (something, anything, everyone.nowhere etc) and a discussion task which brings in more vocabulary to describe qualities we’d like to pass onto our children. Again, this could be adapted to lower and higher levels through the choice of vocabulary.
Download PDF here: ELT Resourceful – The Icing on the Cake