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Dealing with Problems and Complaints
ESL Lesson Handouts - Dealing-with-problems-and-complaints
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Useful Expressions, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Students review phrases used to respond to complaints and look at different problems that can happen and how to politely apologize and offer solutions. A role-play has students practicing the target phrases between a customer and a customer service representative.

Phrases introduced in this Handout
I’m terribly sorry for, I am very sorry for, I am sorry to hear this, My apologies for, I apologize for, Please accept our deepest apologies.

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Teleworking – Working from Home
ESL Lesson Handouts - Teleworking-working-from-home
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Teleworking is the activity of working from home while maintaining contact with your office by email, telephone, or video calls. Around the world, about 20 per cent of workers telework frequently and about 1 in 10 do so every day. For companies, the benefits are reduced costs, while for workers the advantage is they can spend more time with their families or doing leisure activities, rather than commuting.

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2020 Olympic Games Postponed
ESL Lesson Handouts - 2020-olympic-games-postponed
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Health, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been postponed for one year. It is the first Olympic Games to be postponed since the modern games started 124 years ago. The Games have been postponed due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus COVID-19. The International Olympic Committee was under an increasing amount of pressure to make a decision on whether to cancel or postpone the Games as the spread of the virus turned into a global pandemic.

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Defining and Non-Defining Relative Clauses
ESL Lesson Handouts - Defining-and-non-defining-relative-clauses
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar
Tags
Clauses, Pronouns
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
4 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Students review defining and non-defining relative clauses and pronouns. Students will focus on the topic of entertainment, movies, books, TV series, and actors. and how to give essential and non-essential information. Students read about Stephen King and his book ‘IT’ as well as James Cameron’s movie ‘Avatar’.

The ‘Let’s Have Fun!’ activity could be done as homework if there is no time left in the class. Students can present their information at the beginning of their next class.

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Coronavirus Causes Panic Buying
ESL Lesson Handouts - Coronavirus-causes-panic-buying
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Health, Lifestyle, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Many countries around the world are currently experiencing ‘panic buying’ because of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.  Some badly-affected countries have recommended or demanded that people stay-at-home leading to people stockpiling supplies of necessities, in anticipation of an extended period of ‘social distancing’.  The stockpiling has resulted in shops running out of products such as toilet paper.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What should you do?
ESL Lesson Handouts - Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-what-should-you-do
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Health, Lifestyle, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Your ESL students learn about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and World Health Organization recommendations to prevent infection such as washing hands and maintaining social distance.  A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that had not previously been identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

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The Gig Economy
ESL Lesson Handouts - The-gig-economy
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
The ‘gig economy’ is changing the way that many people work.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
Smartphone applications put people directly in contact with workers such as, drivers and teachers, who accept a job on a short-term basis (a gig).  This style of work, added to the rise in independent contractors or freelance work, means many people around the world are no longer seen as employees but as self-employed, and therefore are not entitled to benefits such as holiday, maternity, and sick pay.

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The History of Valentine’s Day
ESL Lesson Handouts - The-history-of-valentines-day
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Reading
Tags
Passive Voice, Seasonal
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

An article about the history of Valentine’s Day offers a challenging reading and comprehension task. Students review how to form and when to use the passive voice as well as how it differs from the active voice.

  1. We use the passive voice when we want to express what is done to someone or something. The subject of the sentence does nothing. Rather, something is done to it.
  2. We use the passive voice when who or what causes the action is unknown, unimportant, obvious, or ‘people in general’. The person or people performing an action are referred to as the agent. It is often omitted if the agent is not important for understanding. This is especially useful in business as the focus is placed on a product.
  3. The passive voice is constructed: Passive subject + to be + past participle + the agent (if relevant).
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Dealing with Problems and Complaints
ESL Lesson Handouts - Dealing-with-problems-and-complaints
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Useful Expressions, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Students review phrases used to respond to complaints and look at different problems that can happen and how to politely apologize and offer solutions. A role-play has students practicing the target phrases between a customer and a customer service representative.

Phrases introduced in this Handout
I’m terribly sorry for, I am very sorry for, I am sorry to hear this, My apologies for, I apologize for, Please accept our deepest apologies.

Read More
Teleworking – Working from Home
ESL Lesson Handouts - Teleworking-working-from-home
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Teleworking is the activity of working from home while maintaining contact with your office by email, telephone, or video calls. Around the world, about 20 per cent of workers telework frequently and about 1 in 10 do so every day. For companies, the benefits are reduced costs, while for workers the advantage is they can spend more time with their families or doing leisure activities, rather than commuting.

Read More
2020 Olympic Games Postponed
ESL Lesson Handouts - 2020-olympic-games-postponed
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Health, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been postponed for one year. It is the first Olympic Games to be postponed since the modern games started 124 years ago. The Games have been postponed due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus COVID-19. The International Olympic Committee was under an increasing amount of pressure to make a decision on whether to cancel or postpone the Games as the spread of the virus turned into a global pandemic.

Read More
Defining and Non-Defining Relative Clauses
ESL Lesson Handouts - Defining-and-non-defining-relative-clauses
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar
Tags
Clauses, Pronouns
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
4 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Students review defining and non-defining relative clauses and pronouns. Students will focus on the topic of entertainment, movies, books, TV series, and actors. and how to give essential and non-essential information. Students read about Stephen King and his book ‘IT’ as well as James Cameron’s movie ‘Avatar’.

The ‘Let’s Have Fun!’ activity could be done as homework if there is no time left in the class. Students can present their information at the beginning of their next class.

Read More
Coronavirus Causes Panic Buying
ESL Lesson Handouts - Coronavirus-causes-panic-buying
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Health, Lifestyle, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Many countries around the world are currently experiencing ‘panic buying’ because of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.  Some badly-affected countries have recommended or demanded that people stay-at-home leading to people stockpiling supplies of necessities, in anticipation of an extended period of ‘social distancing’.  The stockpiling has resulted in shops running out of products such as toilet paper.

Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What should you do?
ESL Lesson Handouts - Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-what-should-you-do
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Health, Lifestyle, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
Your ESL students learn about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and World Health Organization recommendations to prevent infection such as washing hands and maintaining social distance.  A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that had not previously been identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

Read More
The Gig Economy
ESL Lesson Handouts - The-gig-economy
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Lifestyle, Technology, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

Handout and Listening Topic:
The ‘gig economy’ is changing the way that many people work.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
Smartphone applications put people directly in contact with workers such as, drivers and teachers, who accept a job on a short-term basis (a gig).  This style of work, added to the rise in independent contractors or freelance work, means many people around the world are no longer seen as employees but as self-employed, and therefore are not entitled to benefits such as holiday, maternity, and sick pay.

Read More
The History of Valentine’s Day
ESL Lesson Handouts - The-history-of-valentines-day
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Reading
Tags
Passive Voice, Seasonal
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated
Handout Overview

An article about the history of Valentine’s Day offers a challenging reading and comprehension task. Students review how to form and when to use the passive voice as well as how it differs from the active voice.

  1. We use the passive voice when we want to express what is done to someone or something. The subject of the sentence does nothing. Rather, something is done to it.
  2. We use the passive voice when who or what causes the action is unknown, unimportant, obvious, or ‘people in general’. The person or people performing an action are referred to as the agent. It is often omitted if the agent is not important for understanding. This is especially useful in business as the focus is placed on a product.
  3. The passive voice is constructed: Passive subject + to be + past participle + the agent (if relevant).
Read More
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