Topic: Family ESL Lesson Plan (Intermediate)

ESL/EFL Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)
Lesson Topic: family structures, marriage, childbirth
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.75 hours
Lesson Plan Download: family-lesson-plan-intermediate-022023.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • The reading passage discusses changes in the traditional (nuclear) family structure, summarizes some social trends related to marriage and childbirth in the U.S. and globally, and mentions some reproductive technology.
  • The lesson also includes a focus on the names of different relatives, a list of family-related scenarios for discussion, two role-plays, a debate on arranged marriage,  and a 'family meeting' speaking activity.
  • All lessons come with warm-up questions, comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, and discussion questions.

A painting of four families

INTERMEDIATE (B1/B2) Family ESL Lesson Plan

Warm-up (Pair Work)

  • Where is the best place to raise a family (e.g. apartment, village, etc.)?
  • What was the worst thing you did as a child? Did your parents catch you?
  • Is there anything funny or different about your family?
  • Do you know your family tree? How far back do you know your family history?

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Follow-up question answers

  • The nuclear family is now less common. Though it is not stated in the passage, today often both parents work in the West. There are other family types today such as those led by same-sex parents.
  • An extended family is the family including other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, or uncles.
  • The author does this to question the conclusion that love-marriages are less likely to lead to divorce than arranged-marriages.
  • A boomerang child is one who returns home to live with his parents in adulthood.
  • They are having difficulty managing aging population. This is effected by low fertility rates.

Vocabulary answers: 1-c, 2-a, 3-d, 4-L, 5-j, 6-h, 7-i, 8-g, 9-e, 10-k, 11-b, 12-f

Page 2 answers: niece, nephew, great-grandmother, siblings, brother-in-law, stepbrother

End notes:

9 comments on “Topic: Family ESL Lesson Plan (Intermediate)

  1. David Knox (Posted on 10-17-2012 at 06:38) Reply

    What is the ideal amount of children to have? –> What is the ideal number of children to have?

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 10-17-2012 at 10:43) Reply


  2. Kirsty (Posted on 3-5-2013 at 01:41) Reply

    Great lesson plan.

  3. Fernando (Posted on 7-24-2014 at 05:32) Reply

    It is interesting lesson plan.

  4. Elvina (Posted on 8-1-2014 at 02:46) Reply

    That's a great lesson plan. Thanks a lot!

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  6. Shanu (Posted on 8-19-2017 at 06:58) Reply

    So nice the lesson plan is very well formulated

  7. adelveys1982 (Posted on 11-26-2020 at 01:35) Reply

    thank you very much!i love it

  8. Luisa Pardo (Posted on 9-27-2021 at 09:14) Reply

    I thinks, This information is very important. The families learn about some words because it isn’t use.

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