Giving Advice Lesson Plan (Advanced ESL)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced
Lesson Topic: advice columns, giving recommendations, relationships
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.25 hours
Lesson Plan Download: Giving-Advice-ESL-Advanced-09032013.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • The warm-up activity ask students to use common expressions for giving advice to roleplay some common scenarios that students, workers, and the elderly have.
  • The reading passage explains the concept of an advice column and then lists six questions for an advice columnist. Students can read and then role-play the activities or just practice giving advice to solve the issues. (Note that a few humorous/od situations are included, so be sure to pre-read to ensure it is suitable for your class.)
  • All lessons come with warm-up questions, comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, and discussion questions.

Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Advanced

A lesson on giving advice

Giving Advice Lesson Plan (ESL): Warm-Up Activity

  1. In two minutes, write down two (or more) problems each of the following groups of people might have: students, workers, and the elderly.
  2. When finished, role-play the problems with a partner. For example, “I'm a student and I have a problem: I'm failing all my courses.” The other student should give advice. When giving advice, try to use each of the below structures:
How about…
I suggest…
Why don't…
If I were you…
My advice would be…
Have you thought about…
I highly recommend…

(!! Teachers: pre-read the below section to ensure it's appropriate for your class.)

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12 comments on “Giving Advice Lesson Plan (Advanced ESL)

  1. Katherine Torres (Posted on 7-9-2013 at 19:13) Reply

    Its very funny, because the expert understood other think and her advice wasn’t correct for Sheila. I have fun when read this article.

  2. Jo£o Adriano Freitas (Posted on 9-29-2013 at 16:52) Reply

    The best part of the lesson is “Why men shouldn’t write advice columns”.

  3. emily (Posted on 11-5-2013 at 20:33) Reply

    well if you like a person you should tell them how you fell because sometime they have sense but because they like you it is hard for them to show it or maybe some time you should ask them out

  4. Neil (Posted on 4-19-2014 at 10:51) Reply

    I love your site as I have used your material successfully with students. It has also encouraged me to create my own lessons from the news etc.

    One observation is that in your GIVING ADVICE advanced lesson it mentions that there are questions submitted by readers and answers from expert columnists. There is no advice from columnists on the page.

    Sorry for this, I`m not complaining, but just letting you know.



    1. mb Post author (Posted on 4-19-2014 at 11:38) Reply

      Thanks Neil. I've clarified the wording a bit in the lesson plan. If you create any lessons that you think would be useful for the site, please let me know! – MB

  5. Pak Wright (Posted on 10-9-2014 at 18:31) Reply

    I actually used this as a kickstart of ideas for teaching advice writing in Indonesian. Great suggestions – but the article is the best part as well!

  6. Nicole (Posted on 4-6-2015 at 21:41) Reply

    hilarious article just wondering if any of them will get it

  7. Robbert (Posted on 12-3-2017 at 10:21) Reply

    Funny as hell but I can’t do this with my Russian students. They would be shocked by the sexual content.

  8. Zelalem (Posted on 11-14-2019 at 03:27) Reply

    Zelalem Wow !it is very interesting to have such wonderful page.

  9. Lisa Burdette. (Posted on 1-3-2022 at 17:32) Reply

    Great lesson, please send more

  10. Anonymous (Posted on 12-17-2023 at 09:24) Reply

    i cant download the doc

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 12-17-2023 at 13:37) Reply

      This is a lesson for members. Consider becoming a member.

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