Neighbor from Hell: Russian Businessman Alexei Zakharov (Intermediate News Lesson)

ESL Level: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate
Lesson Topics: relations between neighbours
Skill Focus
: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours
Lesson Plan Download: Neighbor-Russian-Zakharov-Bullying-Intermediate-02062011.docx

  • The reading passage tells the story of an 'everyday' type of guy being bullied by a rich neighbour who believes that "everyone has a price".
  • Post-reading activities include roleplays between good and bad neigbhors.
  • All lessons come with warm-up questions, comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, and discussion questions.

A fence between two neighbors

ESL News Lesson Plan : Warm-up

1)    Have you ever had a problem with a bully?

2)    What do you know about your neighbors? Do you get along with them?

3)    What is your neighborhood like? Is it becoming better or worse?

4)    What types of disagreements often arise between neighbors?
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2 comments on “Neighbor from Hell: Russian Businessman Alexei Zakharov (Intermediate News Lesson)

  1. Keith Wicks (Posted on 2-13-2012 at 15:37) Reply

    Great topic, almost everybody has or will have a situation similar to this one.

  2. winifred (Posted on 11-13-2015 at 10:46) Reply


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