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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

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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Causative Verbs and DIY
ESL Lesson Handouts - Causative-verbs-and-diy
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Useful Expressions, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Students are introduced to causative verbs: have, get, let, and make, as well as DIY vocabulary, collocations, and idiomatic phrases that focus on how to talk about the different things they can and can’t do, things they get others to do, have done by professionals, let others do, and how things make them feel.

DIY collocations introduced in this handout:
Fix a leak, service a car, change a lock, replace a light bulb, decorate a room, put up some shelves, put in an alarm system, check car oil.

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Online Dating
ESL Lesson Handouts - Online-dating
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Reported Speech, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Great for Valentine’s Day or when talking about the topic of love in your class. Your ESL students are introduced to common colloquial idioms and how to talk about and repeat information they have been told by other people using reported speech. Activities in this lesson plan help students review the use of reported speech and changing direct speech to reported speech.

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Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan
ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Seasonal, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Valentines Day gift-giving in Japan differs from most countries. White Day is a holiday introduced in Japan in the late 1970s.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In Japan, Valentine’s Day is slightly different. Women giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift became popular in the 1950s.In 1978, White Day was created by a small confectionery shop in the Hakata region of Japan so that men could buy women gifts in return. The marketing campaigns made sure that men were f. to spend more than the value of what they received!

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Devastating Wildfires
ESL Lesson Handouts - Devastating-wildfires
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Wildfires in Australia and climate change.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In 2019, wildfires were frequently in the news. From the Amazonian rain forests to the suburbs of Australia, raging fires seem to be getting worse. What is the cause of these fires and is climate change to blame? Man-made or naturally occurring, wildfires need three conditions to be present- fuel, oxygen and a heat source.

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Discussion Cards (Business Culture)
ESL Lesson Handouts - Discussion-cards-business-culture
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Close the business textbooks and have interesting and relevant discussions. Engaging business-oriented topics and questions allow students to put their vocabulary and grammar skills to practical use and build English speaking confidence. These discussion cards are suitable for High Intermediate and Advanced level students studying business English. You might consider using just the cards as an activity in a business class; 30, 60, 90 minutes depending on how many cards are used and how invested your students are in the conversations.

Example Question Cards (2 pages):
What is important when doing business in your culture?  Consider things such as greetings, exchanging gifts, and gestures.
When you travel overseas, what do you miss the most about your country and culture?  Consider the food, the people, and the customs.

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Expressing Wishes and Regret
ESL Lesson Handouts - Expressing-wishes-and-regret
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

This handout has students practice using ‘if only’, used to express a strong wish that things could be different; to emphasize a regretful decision. It can be used to talk about past, present and future unreal conditions.

A regret is when you feel upset (sad or angry) about something you did or didn’t do in the past. When English speakers want to express a regret, something we wish would have been or happened differently in the past, we can use the third conditional. Commonly formed with two clauses, the IF clause and the RESULT clause. The IF clause uses the past perfect, and the result clause uses the modal verbs ‘would’, ‘could’, or ‘might’ + have + past participle.

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My best year. My worst year.
ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Students are introduced to common phrases and how to talk about things they regret, things that led them to where they are and how their lives might have been different. The Third Conditional is reviewed.

Collocations reviewed in this handout:
to graduate: to complete studies, to land: to obtain or get, to get engaged; to to agree to get married, to get caught: to be discovered or found out, to be sentenced: to go to prison, to get involved with: to become a part of.

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Get Free or Full Access and download our easy-to-teach Handouts in your Online or Traditional classes!

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

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
Causative Verbs and DIY
ESL Lesson Handouts - Causative-verbs-and-diy
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Useful Expressions, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Students are introduced to causative verbs: have, get, let, and make, as well as DIY vocabulary, collocations, and idiomatic phrases that focus on how to talk about the different things they can and can’t do, things they get others to do, have done by professionals, let others do, and how things make them feel.

DIY collocations introduced in this handout:
Fix a leak, service a car, change a lock, replace a light bulb, decorate a room, put up some shelves, put in an alarm system, check car oil.

Read More
Online Dating
ESL Lesson Handouts - Online-dating
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Reported Speech, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Great for Valentine’s Day or when talking about the topic of love in your class. Your ESL students are introduced to common colloquial idioms and how to talk about and repeat information they have been told by other people using reported speech. Activities in this lesson plan help students review the use of reported speech and changing direct speech to reported speech.

Read More
Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan
ESL Lesson Handouts - Valentines-day-gift-giving-in-japan
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Culture, Current Events, Seasonal, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Valentines Day gift-giving in Japan differs from most countries. White Day is a holiday introduced in Japan in the late 1970s.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In Japan, Valentine’s Day is slightly different. Women giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift became popular in the 1950s.In 1978, White Day was created by a small confectionery shop in the Hakata region of Japan so that men could buy women gifts in return. The marketing campaigns made sure that men were f. to spend more than the value of what they received!

Read More
Devastating Wildfires
ESL Lesson Handouts - Devastating-wildfires
Level
Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Current Events, Environment, TOEIC
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Audio, Teaching Notes
Updated

Handout and Listening Topic:
Wildfires in Australia and climate change.

‘In the News’ Article Introduction:
In 2019, wildfires were frequently in the news. From the Amazonian rain forests to the suburbs of Australia, raging fires seem to be getting worse. What is the cause of these fires and is climate change to blame? Man-made or naturally occurring, wildfires need three conditions to be present- fuel, oxygen and a heat source.

Read More
Discussion Cards (Business Culture)
ESL Lesson Handouts - Discussion-cards-business-culture
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Discussion
Tags
Business, Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Close the business textbooks and have interesting and relevant discussions. Engaging business-oriented topics and questions allow students to put their vocabulary and grammar skills to practical use and build English speaking confidence. These discussion cards are suitable for High Intermediate and Advanced level students studying business English. You might consider using just the cards as an activity in a business class; 30, 60, 90 minutes depending on how many cards are used and how invested your students are in the conversations.

Example Question Cards (2 pages):
What is important when doing business in your culture?  Consider things such as greetings, exchanging gifts, and gestures.
When you travel overseas, what do you miss the most about your country and culture?  Consider the food, the people, and the customs.

Read More
Expressing Wishes and Regret
ESL Lesson Handouts - Expressing-wishes-and-regret
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

This handout has students practice using ‘if only’, used to express a strong wish that things could be different; to emphasize a regretful decision. It can be used to talk about past, present and future unreal conditions.

A regret is when you feel upset (sad or angry) about something you did or didn’t do in the past. When English speakers want to express a regret, something we wish would have been or happened differently in the past, we can use the third conditional. Commonly formed with two clauses, the IF clause and the RESULT clause. The IF clause uses the past perfect, and the result clause uses the modal verbs ‘would’, ‘could’, or ‘might’ + have + past participle.

Read More
My best year. My worst year.
ESL Lesson Handouts - My-best-year-my-worst-year
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Students are introduced to common phrases and how to talk about things they regret, things that led them to where they are and how their lives might have been different. The Third Conditional is reviewed.

Collocations reviewed in this handout:
to graduate: to complete studies, to land: to obtain or get, to get engaged; to to agree to get married, to get caught: to be discovered or found out, to be sentenced: to go to prison, to get involved with: to become a part of.

Read More
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