A collection of lesson plans

Over the last few months I have been writing lesson plans for the British Council Teaching English site. Here is a collection of links. All materials are free to use.

Is Slavery a Thing of the Past? [click on the lesson title for lesson plan and materials]


Designed to raise awareness of the UN’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons, this lesson begins by asking students to consider what they know about the issue, then takes them through a process of learning more before concluding by asking them about what they have learnt, and how their understanding might have changed.

The lesson involves plenty of speaking, a vocabulary focus, which pre-teaches topic related vocabulary later found in the text, a jigsaw reading and a focus on passives.

Unsung Heroes [click on the lesson title for lesson plan and materials]

This lesson, devised for International Women’s Day, will help to raise awareness of some not very famous, but nonetheless important, women.

The lesson begins by asking students to think of well-known people that they consider to be heroes. It is likely that many of these will be men, so the students then go on to learn about 5 remarkable women in a jigsaw reading activity.

The students discuss these women’s achievements, and learn some useful vocabulary for talking about social issues. There is then a focus on relative clauses, before the final task of writing about another female hero, using the vocabulary and relative clauses where appropriate. For a 50-60 minute class the writing stage could be done at home.

Get to know the neighbours [click on the lesson title for lesson plan and materials]

This lesson for adults and teenagers at a minimum A2 level is designed to develop fluency skills.

Students are led through a series of activities to create profiles for imaginary characters who live in the same neighbourhood. The lesson then brings these characters together at a neighbourhood party, where students can practice asking and answering simple questions about work, family, hobbies and so on.

As well as developing spoken fluency, there are opportunities to expand vocabulary (personality adjectives) and some useful questions for making small talk.


Filed under classroom ideas, Grammar, Materials development, Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing

15 Responses to A collection of lesson plans

  1. Cecili

    Thank you Rachel for sharing lesson plans. Many teachers post plans online but I find your lessons the best! Engaging, demnding and update.

  2. Alex

    Many thanks for the sharing Rachel – your lesson materials are both interesting and engaging for students.

  3. Marina

    Absolutely wonderful lesson plans! Thank you so much, my talented colleague.

  4. Rim

    I am eager to use one of your lesson plan And then May i provide you with Some feedback rim from algerià thanks rachael

  5. Madhavi

    Wonderful idea of preoaring lesson plans

  6. Betty savopoulou

    What a wonderful collection. Thank you for sharing. I got a lot of ideas from these and will surely use them in class.

  7. Elena

    Anything abt biology?

  8. simonetta galli

    Thanks for sharing your work!

  9. Roberto Paixão

    Iam absolutely amazed at how creative you are Rachael.

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