The Generation Gap Australian Lamb Ad (Advanced Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: Gen Z, Millennials, Baby Boomers
Skill Focus: Speaking, Listening, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours
Lesson Plan Download: generation-gap-lamb-ad-2024-advanced-012024.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • After warm-up questions, students think of stereotypes associated with each generation. Next, they do some vocabulary matching which should help them understand the upcoming video.
  • The video is a 3-minute advertisement on YouTube by Australian Lamb about generational differences. The video has received critical acclaim online. Feel free to show the video more than once to your students and discuss it while watching.
  • After viewing, students complete follow-up questions, a vocabulary-matching exercise, and an activity where they make questions using the target vocabulary.
  • The first speaking activity is a debate on which generation has the hardest lives. Afterward, there is a roleplay in which a consultant provides advice to an older manager on creating a workplace that Gen Z and millennials like. This is followed by a speech at a nursing home on a topic related to technology, and then a discussion of traits associated with each generation.
  • The lesson also includes famous quotations related to the themes of the lesson. It then ends with a final vocabulary review, discussion questions, and a review of collocations.
  • Note: I think this lesson plan could be accessible to upper-intermediate students approaching C1 level.

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ADVANCED (C1/C2) Lesson Plan on The Generation Gap


  1. Have you seen any good advertisements recently?
  2. What is a generation gap?
  3. What were the lives of your grandparents like?
  4. How would you describe your generation?

Stereotypes: What stereotypes exist for these generations? Write down some ideas below.

Gen Z (2012-1997)Millennials (1996-1981)Gen X (1980s-1965)Baby Boomers (1964-1946)

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Comprehension Question Answer Key

  1. Some stereotypes:
    1. Boomers are home owners,
    2. boomers read newspapers,
    3. boomers don’t know how to use technology,
    4. boomers don’t know how to use modern idioms
    5. Gen-Z have poor listening skills
    6. Gen-Z are addicted to their phones
    7. Gen-Z/Millennials like to cancel people
    8. Millennials & Gen-Z were given prizes for just participating
    9. Gen-X are ignored
  2. It makes fun of the listening skills of Gen Z at 0:44

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

Collocation Answers: 1-d, 2-a, 3-b, 4-c

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