Giving Advice Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-Intermediate
Lesson Topic: advice columns, giving recommendations, relationships
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.25 hours
Lesson Plan Download: Giving-Advice-UppIntermediate-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): Upper-Intermediate

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…

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4 comments on “Giving Advice Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL)

  1. Kate (Posted on 3-11-2013 at 18:47) Reply

    Hi , thanks so much for your materials, i use them all the time!! Is there a .doc version of this advice lesson?


  2. casandra (Posted on 12-30-2013 at 14:20) Reply

    that’s a cool thing

  3. Duce lane (Posted on 4-14-2015 at 11:18) Reply

    Very cool

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