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 many 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.

Amazon Tribe Gets Internet (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

A lesson on how the arrival of Starlink Internet access affected a remote Amazon tribe. The lesson includes speaking & vocabulary activities.

Utopia (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

A lesson plan on the concept of utopia and utopian societies. The lesson includes speaking and vocabulary activities for ESL class.

What Europeans Think of Americans (C1 Level Lesson)

A video-based lesson on what Europeans think of Americans. The lesson contains speaking activities for upper-intermediate/advanced (C1) ESL.

Trad Wives & Gender Roles (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on the trad wife trend spread on social media that promotes women returning to traditional gender roles. (B2/C1 ESL)

Dan Saunders & The ATM Glitch (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson about an Australian man who withdrew 1.6 million dollars after discovering an ATM glitch. The lesson includes speaking activities.

Dating & Finding Love (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

A lesson on the evolution of dating and dating trends (AI, dating apps, etc.) The lesson includes speaking activities for B2/C1 levels.

The Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment (Upper-Intermediate)

A lesson on Jane Elliott’s Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes experiment that aimed to teach students about discrimination. This lesson is for B2/C1 levels.

Communication with Gen Z in the Workplace (Upper-Intermediate)

A lesson on communication conflicts at work with Gen Z employees. The lesson includes speaking and vocabulary activities for B2/C1 levels.

AI Girlfriends & Companions (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on artificial intelligence (AI) girlfriends and boyfriends. The lesson includes speaking and vocabulary activities for B2/C1 ESL.

Etiquette Rules for Visiting Japan (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on etiquette tips for visiting Japan. The lesson includes speaking and vocabulary activities for conversational ESL class.

Travel the World as a Pet Sitter (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on pet sitting around the world, focusing on the travel benefits and responsibilities of being a pet sitter. (B2 ESL level)

Neighbor from Hell: Russian Businessman Alexei Zakharov (Upper-Intermediate)

An ESL lesson about a terrible neighbour and bully for conversational English class. The B2/C1-level lesson includes roleplays and debates.

Milgram’s Obedience Experiment (Upper-Intermediate)

A lesson on Stanley Milgram’s study on obedience and authority. It includes speaking and vocabulary activities for advanced ESL class.

Breakfast Around the World (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on breakfast food around the world based on a YouTube video by Insider Food. The lesson includes vocabulary and speaking activities.

Escaping Reality to Avoid Life (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-Intermediate (B2/C1) Lesson Topics: Diversions, Escapism Skill Focus: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours Lesson Plan Download: signs-escaping-reality-upper-intermediate-032024.docx Lesson Overview: After warm-up questions, students read a 241-word passage (based on this C2-level YouTube video) that describes six signs that people are avoiding reality. These signs describe ways that people dive into diversions […]

Friendship in the 21st Century (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on friendship, loneliness, and the friendship recession that includes speaking & vocabulary activities for B2/C1 ESL levels.

Neuralink Implants Brain Chip (Upper-Intermediate)

A video-based lesson on the successful implant of a brain chip into a human by Elon Musk’s company Neuralink for upper-intermediate ESL class.

Hedonism & The Experience Machine (Upper-Intermediate)

An upper-intermediate lesson on a TED-Ed video about Nozick’s Experience Machine. The speaking-focused lesson discusses hedonism and reality.

36 Days: A Lesson on Migration (Upper-Intermediate)

An lesson on the perilous journey of 101 African migrants who spent 36 days at sea. The lesson includes speaking activities for ESL class.

Five Stories to Watch in 2024 (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

An upper-intermediate lesson on The Economist’s “5 Stories to Watch Out For in 2024”. Themes include an election in Taiwan, AI, & the BRICS.

What Tom Whitwell Learned in 2023 (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

An upper-intermediate lesson on a post about what Tom Whitwell learned in 2023. Topics include homelessness, corruption, and body image.