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General English - Advanced level, Part 4 (20 Lessons)

General English - Advanced level, Part 4 (20 Lessons)  


   
 

Lesson 1. Misdirection

In this lesson, students watch a talk by Apollo Robbins, the 'world's greatest pickpocket'. The lesson plan includes vocabulary and discussion activities.

   
 

Lesson 2. Half a million secrets

In this lesson, students watch a talk by Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com. The lesson includes vocabulary development and discussion activities. There's an audio file which can be played instead of the video. Cultural sensitivity note: please watch the video first and decide if it is appropriate for your students.

   
 

Lesson 3. Running errands

This lesson is based on a newspaper article on the lives of celebrities' personal assistants. Students speculate and read about what it's like to be a famous person's PA. The worksheet includes a grammar exercise on structures of permission and obligation with 'get', 'have', 'force', 'make', 'let' and 'allow'.

   
 

Lesson 4. Raw food

In this lesson plan, students read an article about the raw food diet trend. The worksheet includes vocabulary exercises and a discussion activity. Ideal for foodies!

   
 

Lesson 5. Cultural diversity

In this lesson, students read an article on the cultural and linguistic diversity of Manchester and discuss how their own countries have been influenced by other cultures.

   
 

Lesson 6. The job interview

This lesson is useful for students who are preparing to attend a job interview as well as students who need to interview candidates in English. The worksheet presents key adjectives for describing personal characteristics as well as common words and expressions used for writing a CV. Students look at a variety of typical questions that can be asked during a job interview and then listen to a dialogue between an interviewer and a candidate. The language used in the dialogue is studied and practised through role play. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is an animated video version of the interview, which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

   
 

Lesson 7. Being tactful

In this lesson, students study common adjectives for describing polite and impolite behaviour. Through listening, language practice and role play, students also learn how to avoid causing offence by using diplomatic ‘softening’ words and structures. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is a fun animated video which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

   
 

Lesson 8. Diet obsession

In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they’re 10 years old. But does dieting really work? In this lesson plan, students watch neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt talk about how our brains manage our body weight and why dieting doesn’t usually work. The lesson warms up with a vocabulary exercise on words related to eating problems. After watching the talk, there is an exercise on phrasal verbs and in the grammar section, students review conditional structures. The lesson rounds off with a discussion on the topic.

   
 

Lesson 9. Elections and voting

In this lesson, students learn key vocabulary for describing the electoral system, including the people involved in political campaigns as well as collocations with the word 'election'.

   
 

Lesson 10. The education system

In this lesson, students learn how to describe the education system in the UK, USA and in their own countries. The worksheet includes an exercise on education-related idioms. You can also use it as an alternative to Ex5 of our video-aided worksheet 'English Mania'.

   
 

Lesson 11. Halloween

This Halloween lesson plan covers a variety of Halloween-related vocabulary and provides plenty of speaking practice. The lesson includes some interesting 'facts' about the festival, which students have to guess to be true or false.

   
 

Lesson 12. Used to vs. would

This worksheet presents the differences between used to and would for talking about repeated actions in the past. The worksheet is suitable for both classroom practice and self-study.

   
 

Lesson 13. Mixed conditionals

This worksheet presents mixed conditional structures for talking about hypothetical or imaginary situations in the past and present. The worksheet is suitable for both classroom practice and self-study.

   
 

Lesson 14. Humour

In this light-hearted lesson, students learn a variety of vocabulary related to humour and jokes. There is an exercise in which students study some jokes with idioms and try to work out the meaning of the idiomatic vocabulary. There are lots of opportunities for discussing the worksheet topic.

   
 

Lesson 15. Talking about music

This worksheet presents a list of questions designed to get your students talking at length about music. The lesson plan includes a self-study preparation task, in which students have the option to learn key words by heart before the lesson using Expemo, our online spaced repetition learning platform. Follow the instructions in the key.

   
 

Lesson 16. Talking about films and movies

This worksheet presents a list of questions designed to get your students talking at length about films/movies. The lesson plan includes a self-study preparation task, in which students have the option to learn key words by heart before the lesson using Expemo, our online spaced repetition learning platform. Follow the instructions in the key.

   
 

Lesson 17. Talking about crime and the law

This worksheet presents a list of questions designed to get your students talking at length about crime, punishment and the legal system. The lesson plan includes a self-study preparation task, in which students can learn key words by heart before the lesson using Expemo, our online spaced repetition learning platform. Follow the instructions in the ke

   
 

Lesson 18. Phrasal verbs with be

The lesson presents 12 common phrasal verbs with the verb 'be'. Students interact with each other using the target language. For larger classes, there is a 'Find someone who' activity at the end of the worksheet.

   
 

Lesson 19. Phrasal verbs with get

The lesson presents 16 common phrasal verbs with 'get'. Students interact with each other using the target language. For larger classes, there is a 'Find someone who' activity at the end of the worksheet.

   
 

Lesson 20. At the gym

Are there any gym enthusiasts among your students? This video-aided lesson plan covers a variety of useful terms and expressions for describing gym equipment and work-out exercises. Suitable for upper intermediate as well as strong (no pun intended :)) intermediate students.