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.

Sam Harris on Free Will (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

An upper-intermediate lesson on Sam Harris’s view on free will. Includes speaking roleplays, debates, & vocabulary activities for ESL class.

Streaming Wars: The New Age of Entertainment (Upper-Intermediate)

An upper-intermediate lesson on streaming platforms (Netflix, Disney+, etc.) and the battle for attention spans. Includes speaking activities

Passive Income (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

An upper-intermediate lesson on passive income strategies and making money. The lesson includes speaking, listening, & vocabulary activities.

Atheism & Religion: The Nones (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

An upper-intermediate (B2/C1) lesson based on AP’s “The Nones” report on atheism worldwide. It contains speaking & reading ESL activities.

Four Secrets from Sports Psychology (Upper-Intermediate)

An upper-intermediate lesson based on a short video about secrets from sports psychology that people can use in everyday life. (B2/C1 ESL)

The History of Halloween (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on a short video about the history of Halloween which includes a debate, role-plays, and vocabulary activities for B2/C1 ESL levels.

Mystery Travel Destinations (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

Explore the world with this upper-intermediate (B2) lesson focused on travel & destinations. Includes vocabulary and speaking activities.

The Milestones of Life (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

Teachers, use this lesson on life’s milestones with upper-intermediate (B2) ESL students. It includes speaking activities, reading, & idioms.

Future Cities, NEOM, & The Line (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

This lesson is about future cities and Saudi Arabia’s Neom & The Line projects. The lesson contains a reading and short video. (B2/C1 Level)

Unsolved Crimes (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson on the 300-million-yen robbery in Tokyo and D.B. Cooper’s infamous airplane hijacking. Includes debates and roleplays for EFL class.

The Debate Over TikTok (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

This lesson discusses the arguments for and against Tiktok. It has speaking activities about social media use, being an influencer, and more.

Four Charts on Modern Life (Part 2) – Upper-Intermediate Lesson

Discuss four trends of modern life: rising prices, obesity, a decline in friendship, and the migration of millionaires (B2/C1 lesson plan)

Four Charts on Modern Life (Part 1) – Upper-Intermediate

Discuss four trends of modern life: social media use among teens, negativity in the media, aging populations, and gaming revenues (B2/C1)

Drugs: Alcohol, CBD, Psilocybin, & Opioids (Upper-Intermediate)

This lesson focuses on drug use, specifically alcohol, cannabis, psychedelics, & opioids. It contains speaking and vocabulary activities.

Riddles & Puzzles (Upper-Intermediate to Advanced Lesson)

This free lesson has 17 classic riddles, an Einstein puzzle, 5 lateral thinking puzzles, and 16 rebus puzzles (with answers) for in ESL class.

Phobias & Fears (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

This lesson focuses on phobias, their causes, and treatments. It has vocabulary and speaking activities for EFL conversation classes.

The Case against Pet Ownership (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A discussion of the ethics of pet ownership. The lesson includes speaking activities (role-plays & debates) about adopting and keeping a pet.

Scams & Fraud (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

A lesson centered on two stories about scams (AI voice cloning & a romance scam). After reading, students do several speaking activities.

Whistleblower Asks Govt to Release UAP Evidence (Upper-Intermediate)

A lesson on whistleblower David Grusch’s request that the US disclose a secret UAP (UFO) program. Includes many speaking activities (B2/C1).

Stealth Camping (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

An upper-intermediate lesson on stealth camping based on a Twitter post by shagbark_hick. Contains reading, speaking, & vocabulary activities.

A Day Like No Other (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

This story-based lesson describes a hurricane hitting a town. The student must complete speaking activities as the story unfolds. (B2 level)