EFL/ESL lesson plans: Elementary English

General English course plans - Elementary

Fun and motivating lesson plans for elementary learners, enhanced with audio and video resources. This evolving course plan can be followed systematically or you can pick and choose lessons to use as supplementary material.

This is a short warmer lesson, suitable for the beginning of the first lesson of an elementary level course. Students learn and practise some basic expressions for meeting and greeting each other. Avoid explaining any grammar at this stage. The students only need to know the meaning of the questions and greetings.

In this lesson, students learn and put into practice the names of important countries, nations and nationalities. The lesson assumes a basic knowledge of the verb ‘be’.

In this lesson, students learn the possessive adjectives my, your, his, her its, our, your, and their. There is a role play activity in which students put the target language into practice.

In this lesson, students learn basic adjectives and structures for describing people’s appearance and personality. At the end of the lesson, students describe their friends to each other, putting the language from the lesson into practice.

In this lesson, students learn how to tell the time and practise basic numbers.

In this lesson, the names of various jobs are introduced, and students learn how to speak about their daily routines using the present simple. The present simple affirmative and question forms are presented.

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about their families using vocabulary for family members and possessives. Basic questions for requesting information about people are also reviewed in the lesson.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary for typical leisure time activities. The worksheet also presents adverbs of frequency (never, rarely, sometimes, often, etc.) as well as once/twice/three times a week/month/year. There are lots of How often ...? questions and opportunities for students to communicate with each other using the target language.

This worksheet presents basic vocabulary for describing the weather. Students talk about the weather in their countries using adverbs of frequency.

In this lesson, students learn the structure like, don't like, hate, love + -ing. Students listen to a short conversation about likes and dislikes. There is also an online video-aided exercise in which students watch a series of video clips and make sentences using the target language.

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about ability using the modal verb can/can’t.

In this lesson, students learn and practise the past forms of the verb "be". The second part of the worksheet provides plenty of speaking practice as well as opportunities to revise some vocabulary from other worksheets, e.g. Family, What’s the weather like? and Countries and nationalities.

In this lesson, students learn how to order coffee and snacks in a coffee shop. For the listening activity, teachers can play a dialogue or animated video of a coffee shop scene. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

This lesson introduces students to the past simple forms of regular verbs. The worksheet is based on a text about Michael Jackson and includes a gap-fill exercise and speaking activity on the topic of celebrities before they were famous.

In this lesson, students learn the past simple forms of common irregular verbs and talk about what they did at the weekend.

In this lesson, students learn how to create sentences with there is and there are. The worksheet is based on a text and dialogue about four unusual hotels. There is a vocabulary exercise and a speaking activity in which students practise the target language. The lesson develops reading, listening and speaking skills.

In this lesson, students learn how to book a hotel room and check in at a hotel. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

This lesson introduces elementary students to the present continuous. The target language is presented in a dialogue and there are several activities in which students practise the new structure. The worksheet also presents expressions for describing typical holiday/vacation activities and revises language from previous lessons, e.g. Free time and What’s the weather like?

In this lesson, students learn how to ask for and give directions. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

In this lesson, students learn key vocabulary for describing parts of the body, body actions and the five senses. Basic knowledge of the present continuous as well as verbs of liking/disliking is assumed, and the worksheet can be used to recycle these grammar areas.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary related to public transport as well as practical expressions to use at a train station, in a taxi and at an airport check-in desk. The lesson plan includes a listening activity with the option to play animated video clips representing the different transport situations. There is a role play exercise at the end of the worksheet.

Students learn vocabulary for describing food and drink, as well as the use of countable and uncountable nouns with some and any. This lesson is a great opportunity to review structures and build on grammar covered in previous worksheets, especially Crazy hotels. The lesson includes a video clip and rounds off nicely with a role play activity in which students put the target language into practice.

In this lesson, students learn how to order a meal at a restaurant. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

This worksheet is great for getting students to interact with each other using quantifiers. The lesson begins with a pairwork activity in which students interview each other about their lifestyles. Students practise forming questions with how much / how many and answering with a lot, much, many, a few, a little, etc. The lesson rounds off nicely with a fun and motivating activity in which the students try to guess some facts about their partners using the target language. The activities can easily be adapted for one-to-one settings.

In this lesson, students learn useful words and expressions that they can use when shopping in a supermarket.

This lesson plan is based on a newspaper article about a hermit living alone in the Scottish wilderness. It is a great way to reinforce the grammar and structures covered in previous worksheets, including the past simple, countable/uncountable nouns and quantifiers. The lesson also introduces new vocabulary for describing the outdoors as well as past time expressions with in, on, ago, yesterday and last.

This lesson plan covers basic vocabulary for describing clothes as well as practical expressions for clothes shopping, which the students learn through listening and role play. There is an animated video version of the dialogue included.

Students learn the structure going to + infinitive for talking about the future. The lesson plan includes a listening and motivating role play activity

In this lesson, students study the comparative form of adjectives and at the same time learn the names of different animals. At the end of the lesson, there is an engaging activity in which students work in pairs, comparing gadgets with comparative forms.

In this lesson, students study the superlative form of adjectives by reading about the most 'extreme' places where people live. At the end of the lesson, there is an engaging activity in which students ask and answer questions about extreme places in their own countries.

In this lesson, students compare the behaviour and cultural habits of people from different countries. The structure and use of common adverbs is introduced and practised. The lesson ends with a speaking activity in which students talk about how people behave in their own countries or cities.

This lesson introduces elementary students to the present perfect of the verb be.

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Featured worksheet for teachers

Company and job

This lesson teaches students useful vocabulary for talking about their company and job. Learners study expressions for describing a company’s history, location, size, market position, financial results and strategy. Students listen to or watch an animated video of three co-workers talking about their work. They learn how to talk about their job responsibilities and what they like/dislike about their work. This worksheet is particularly suitable for the first or second lesson of a business English course.


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14th April 2011

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