Category Archives: Upper-Intermediate

Here is a list of upper-intermediate ESL lesson plans on a variety of topics for English conversation class. Note that there are over 55 lessons at this level, so be sure to click the ‘older posts‘ link at the bottom of the page to see more. If you’d prefer to see a list of lesson plan topics, please view the topic list.

Bottled Water: The Marketing Trick of the Century (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan on bottled water and its marketing & environmental issues. Study online or download the ESL lesson plan for class.

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (Reading Lesson)

An ESL reading lesson on a short story above love by Haruki Murakami. Students can answer comprehension, vocabulary, & discussion questions.

Phoning It In (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Reading Lesson)

A short reading lesson for ESL students interested in business topics. Students can answer comprehension, vocabulary, & discussion questions.

The Disease of Being Busy (Upper-Intermediate Reading Lesson)

A philosophical lesson plan about making time in life. The lesson includes reading comprehension, discussion, & vocabulary questions for ESL students on the ‘Disease of Being Busy’ by Omid Safi. Upper-Intermediate. Free download.

Health ‘Advice’ from a Doctor (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Funny lesson plan about ‘advice’ given by a doctor on living a healthy and long life. Upper-intermediate ESL Level. Contains speaking and bonus grammar activities.

Reading: Into the Future (Advanced ESL Lesson Plan)

Free lesson plan on future predictions (technology, food, education, etc). Contains reading passage by Udo Gollub & comprehension / discussion questions.

The School (Short Story): Comprehension, Discussion & Vocabulary Questions (ESL)

Free upper-intermediate reading lesson plan on Donald Barthelme’s short story The School. Great for studying bucket lists and grammar for regret.

Trends in English Language Education (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about recent trends in ESL/EFL teaching and studying.

Ultimate Tips for Men (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about the ultimate tips (advice) for men.

The Finnish Education System (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free pre-intermediate lesson on the Finnish education system. Includes debate & role-plays.

The Worst Hotel in the World (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about the world’s worst hotel. Includes role-plays.

Cooking Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan on cooking. Includes recipes & food-related role-plays.

Unsolved Mysteries (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about unsolved mysteries.

Giving Advice Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about advice columns. Great practice for giving advice/suggestions.

Biomedical Ethics & Neanderthal Babies (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate ESL lesson plan on cloning a Neanderthal and biomedical ethics.

Talking About Movies (Upper-Intermediate & Advanced ESL Lesson Plan)

Free ESL lesson plan about movies. Includes discussion questions, quotations, & vocabulary exercises.

2012 News in Review (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

2012 Year in Review: a free upper-intermediate lesson plan on the top 2012 news stories.

Gun Control & The Newtown School Shooting (Upper-Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan about gun control and violence in America.

Christmas Around the World (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate ESL/EFL lesson plan on Christmas traditions around the world.

Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL/EFL)

Free upper-intermediate lesson plan on the Darwin Awards. Includes best stories & role-play.

How to Swear in English (Intermediate & Upper Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free intermed/upper-intermediate lesson about swearing in English. Not appropriate for most classes.