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Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Hurricane Sandy

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Hurricane Sandy

A Journalistic Type of Resource.

There are absolutely tonnes of activities to select from in this lesson plan on Hurricane Sandy.  Essentially it is based on developing communicative skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and vocabulary for environmental disasters.

There are warm up, pre-reading, during reading and after reading activities.Also incorporated are quizzes, role plays, making up your own survey, discussion ideas, spellings, gapfills, putting whole text back together again, forming sentences, punctuation and writing ideas.

Lots and lots for you to do. Simply click the title link and enjoy!

This Week In History

This Week In History

25 October 1917

Communists Depose Russian Rulers

Communists led by Vladimir Lenin bring down the Russian government.


  • Learn new vocabulary with the word checker – depose, communists, storm, provisional, break out.
  • Watch 2 videos of the event – the secret steps that happened before the revolution and secondly the beginning of the revolution.
  • Do the quiz to find out how much you have understood.

Hallowe’en Scene 1 Language Focus

Hallowe’en Scene 1 Language Focus


Language activities designed to follow on from Scene 1 of Halloween. They include learning new expressions with the word ‘think’, a conversation to fill in the gaps for and finally more common expressions with the word ‘way’.

Learning English – Words in the News – Life’s big questions?

Learning English – Words in the News – Life’s Big Questions?

Why have I been born?
– ponder life with a drink in a chair which utter words of wisdom







Click the title link and watch this interesting video story from a bar in Corigliano d’Otranto, Italy and become familiar with new English vocabulary. 

Vocabulary

philosophy, ponder, utters, in demand, catch on


English for Medicine – A Doctor’s View

English for Medicine – A Doctor’s view


Another excellent resource from the Learn English British Council website.



Listen to an interview with a retired doctor, Rajan Mehta, about his life working in the UK.

What do you think a paediatrician is?






Follow the title link

  • do the preparation task and match the words to their correct descriptions
  • put the questions in the order they were asked in the interview
  • listen and locate specific information from an audio file 
  • rewrite a postcard that Doctor Mehta sent to India in 1967


Why do People Migrate?

A British Council TEFL Immigration Resource 

  • to help build up empathy and understanding of  immigration issues 
  • to develop vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension skills, sentence formation and knowledge of articles of grammar (adjectives)  

After I had published the blog about immigrants to New York; I found this resource. It develops an understanding of the issues of migration and associated vocabulary. It is broad in it’s perspective and sensitively written. 

There is a vocabulary definition exercise, a video, a matching exercise matching individuals to different reasons for moving, true/false questions, an opportunity to order words in sentences and a gap fill exercise using adjectives.

It is probably a simpler resource so it could be tackled first to build up an understanding of the main issues. Some students may want to just tackle this resource on it’s own.

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