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Pet talk

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students watch a video about a new trend: dogs using technology to communicate with their owners. This topic is followed up in more detail in a reading text. The lesson supports listening, reading and speaking skills, as well as vocabulary development of word families, with special relevance to word formation exercises on Cambridge exams. There is a choice of final activity: discussion questions or a structured debate which could be extended into an essay writing task for homework. An optional extension activity features a caption competition for funny pet photos.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Diego Maradona

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This audio-aided lesson tells the life story of the legendary soccer player Diego Maradona (1960-2020). The lesson focuses on vocabulary, listening comprehension, and speaking and includes a short look at not only ... but also structures. There is also an optional discussion extension activity about idioms relating to this game.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Instagram influencers to clone their pets

Mixed levels

A breaking news lesson about influencers having their pets cloned, with a news report about the growing phenomenon and an article giving the opinions of four members of the public on pet cloning. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott

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The white stuff

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students describe a process in an IELTS Writing Task 1. They watch a short video about making tofu at home before examining a writing task and model answer about the commercial production of this foodstuff. They then prepare to write a response to a similar task about how cheese is produced. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional extension task which provides practice in understanding and describing a similar process: making soap.

This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provide practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Ramadan

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students find out more about the Muslim month of Ramadan in this video-aided lesson which supports vocabulary development, listening and note-taking skills. The lesson also includes discussion questions, and an optional extension activity explains how Muslims manage to fit in sporting activities during Ramadan in the UK.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

Mixed levels

A breaking news lesson about the recent incident at the Oscars, with a news report about actor Will Smith hitting comedian Chris Rock and an article giving the opinions of four members of the public on the scandal. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David Marriott


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Silent letters

Elementary (A1-A2)

This lesson focuses on the spelling and pronunciation of common words with silent letters. Students start by reviewing the alphabet before listening to a short speech from a tour guide and completing related activities. They list and categorise words with silent letters and then practise the target language in speaking and writing. There is a short optional extension activity in which students describe a day out in London, using words from A to Z.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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TV guide

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of cause and effect in an IELTS Reading task about children’s TV viewing. They discuss some speaking exam style questions related to the topic of television and media and then define relevant vocabulary. They also read an article and respond to matching sentence endings, matching features and true/false/not given questions, before examining useful phrases and vocabulary from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is an optional bonus reading extension activity which provides additional information on the same topic. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Solar flowers to replace coal

Intermediate (B1-B2)

A special report news lesson about South Korea’s new solar power flowers, with a news report about the flower-shaped solar panels and an article about strange methods of generating energy. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott

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Panda to go on a diet

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This lesson looks at both San Diego Zoo and Taipei Zoo and the way they take care of their pandas. Exercises focus on authentic listening, through a video news report, and reading skills. Related vocabulary will be looked at and students will be given the opportunity to discuss several issues that are related to the topic.

by Peter Clarkin

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If satellites failed

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson follows a thought experiment about disappearing satellites to explore cause and effect, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. The lesson supports development of subject-specific and academic vocabulary and provides practice in conditional structures to express cause and effect. This lesson is the first part of Unit 5 in the Linguahouse IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Learning to read at 104

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This lesson is based on the story of a woman in India who learnt to read and write at the age of 104. Vocabulary related to the subject of ambition and success is studied and practised. Students read a short text and listen to the same text, testing their reading and listening comprehension. The grammar point is specific and general ability in the past simple tense.

by Gillian Smylie

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Salt and pepper

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students prepare to watch a fast-paced and colloquial video about the history of salt and pepper by completing vocabulary and tuning-in activities. They watch the video in two parts and answer comprehension questions before they activate vocabulary and phrases from the video in a reading activity about an unusual salt-related job. There is an opportunity to discuss related points and an optional extension activity about words pairs like salt and pepper.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Listen and look

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of trends in an IELTS Writing Task 1. They discuss different types of music formats and examine a task with a line graph and a model answer before preparing to write a response to a similar question. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional extension task which provides practice in answering some discussion questions for part 3 of the speaking exam related to the topic of media formats and access. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes. 

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Missing shipwreck discovered

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson looks at the recent discovery of Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance. Exercises focus on authentic listening, through a video news report, and reading skills. Related vocabulary will be looked at and students will be given the opportunity to discuss a number of issues that are related to the topic.

by Peter Clarkin