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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

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 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 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 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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I Made a Mistake (Intermediate)
ESL Lesson Handouts - I-made-a-mistake-intermediate
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Game, Grammar
Tags
Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

This handout has 30 different sentence cards that may have a grammatical mistake. Mistakes are related to verb tense, prepositions, phrasal verbs, articles, punctuation, conditionals, comparatives, infinitives and gerunds etc… Use as many cards as you like; for an entire lesson or to fill in extra time at the end of the class. Keep a stack of these cards in your bag.

Examples of mistakes used in this handout:
Mistake: I have lived in Canada since 10 months.
Use for + period of time, e.g. for six years, for a week. Use since + point in time, e.g. since April, since 2010.

Mistake: I go always to school by train.
Adverbs of frequency are usually used before regular verbs. They follow ‘be’ verb, e.g. I am always…

Mistake: Do you like a glass of wine?
‘Do you like’ is used to ask if someone generally enjoys something. ‘Would you like’ is used when offering something.

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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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Reading Restaurant Menus
ESL Lesson Handouts - Reading-restaurant-menus
Level
Elementary: A2, Pre-Intermediate: A2+
Target
Discussion, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Adjectives, Food and Restaurants, Travel, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Choosing something off a menu without pictures can be difficult. Students learn and practice vocabulary used on restaurant menus. Students will be able to visualize the dish ingredients, preparation, cooking method, and presentation of menu items and discuss them.

Cheese that is sliced using a slicer becomes sliced cheese.
(ingredient) cheese
(verb) slice
(new name) sliced cheese
(utensil) slicer

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Download Now

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

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

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 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 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 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
I Made a Mistake (Intermediate)
ESL Lesson Handouts - I-made-a-mistake-intermediate
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Game, Grammar
Tags
Games
Teaching Time
30 minutes, 60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

This handout has 30 different sentence cards that may have a grammatical mistake. Mistakes are related to verb tense, prepositions, phrasal verbs, articles, punctuation, conditionals, comparatives, infinitives and gerunds etc… Use as many cards as you like; for an entire lesson or to fill in extra time at the end of the class. Keep a stack of these cards in your bag.

Examples of mistakes used in this handout:
Mistake: I have lived in Canada since 10 months.
Use for + period of time, e.g. for six years, for a week. Use since + point in time, e.g. since April, since 2010.

Mistake: I go always to school by train.
Adverbs of frequency are usually used before regular verbs. They follow ‘be’ verb, e.g. I am always…

Mistake: Do you like a glass of wine?
‘Do you like’ is used to ask if someone generally enjoys something. ‘Would you like’ is used when offering something.

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

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
Reading Restaurant Menus
ESL Lesson Handouts - Reading-restaurant-menus
Level
Elementary: A2, Pre-Intermediate: A2+
Target
Discussion, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Adjectives, Food and Restaurants, Travel, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes
Updated

Choosing something off a menu without pictures can be difficult. Students learn and practice vocabulary used on restaurant menus. Students will be able to visualize the dish ingredients, preparation, cooking method, and presentation of menu items and discuss them.

Cheese that is sliced using a slicer becomes sliced cheese.
(ingredient) cheese
(verb) slice
(new name) sliced cheese
(utensil) slicer

Read More
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