Family ESL Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-intermediate (B2/C1)
Lesson Topic: Changes in family structures and marriage as an institution
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours
Lesson Plan Download: family-lesson-plan-upper-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 chlid-like painting of a happy family


Warm-up (Pair Work)

  1. What is the best environment to raise a family in (e.g. apartment, village, etc)?
  2. What was the worst thing you did as a child? Did you get caught?
  3. Is there anything funny or different about your family?
  4. Does someone in your family maintain a family tree? How far back can you trace your family history?

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Follow-up question answers

  • A nuclear family is a family with a father, mother, and children.
  • The conflict is between data that suggests marriage for love reduces the likelihood of divorce and data from India showing that non-love marriages have very low divorce rates.
  • A boomerang child is one who returns home to live with his parents in adulthood.
  • The low fertility rate is related.

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

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

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11 comments on “Family ESL Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate)

  1. Danny (Posted on 11-17-2014 at 12:39) Reply

    Great ideas! Thank you!

  2. Tanya (Posted on 2-5-2015 at 14:59) Reply

    Lots of ideas. Just great

  3. Tanya (Posted on 2-5-2015 at 14:59) Reply

    Lots of ideas. Just great

  4. Felipe (Posted on 2-23-2016 at 22:42) Reply

    So complete, Great Ideas and exercices. thanks

  5. vesna (Posted on 2-25-2016 at 01:29) Reply

    Fantastic! Complete and thorough, simply perfectly done!

  6. Marcela (Posted on 4-21-2016 at 09:36) Reply

    Amazing ideas! Thanks!

  7. Matheus (Posted on 7-11-2016 at 10:24) Reply

    Thanks a bunch for this amazing lesson!

  8. Eva (Posted on 10-2-2018 at 11:05) Reply

    Great to learn vocabulary, I found it an in-depth lesson. Fantastic discussions which forced me to use a wide variety of vocabulary.

  9. Anonymous (Posted on 9-26-2020 at 08:36) Reply

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  11. Diora (Posted on 5-5-2022 at 23:37) Reply

    i really liked questions for discussion.very interesting and make people think deeply about all of them

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