Neuralink Implants Brain Chip (Advanced Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: technology, the brain
Skill Focus: Speaking, Listening, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.75 hours
Lesson Plan Download: chip-in-brain-advanced-lesson-022024.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • After warm-up questions, students do a vocabulary pre-viewing activity to help them understand the following video.
  • The YouTube video, by TODAY News, is three minutes but you should stop at the weather report at 2:20. It describes Neuralink's first brain implant on a human being for the initial purpose of enhancing the lives of paraplegics.
  • Next, after a listen, recall, retell activity, students complete comprehension questions, a vocabulary-matching exercise, and an activity where they make questions using the target vocabulary.
  • After a debate on either whether Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCIs) should be developed or the topic of animal testing.
  • This is followed by a discussion of humanity's biggest technological breakthroughs and a debate on which has been the most significant.
  • This is followed by a three-step speaking activity related to a BCI that wipes all of your memory. In the end, in pairs, students roleplay to recreate the identity of a student who has lost all their memories.
  • The lesson ends with collocations, a final vocabulary review, and final discussion questions.

A colorful image of a human brain.

ADVANCED (C1/C2) Lesson Plan on Neuralink’s Brain Chip


  1. Has social media changed the way people communicate and think?
  2. In what ways has medical technology improved our health?
  3. What’s your opinion of wearable devices, such as Apple’s Vision Pro Headset?
  4. What do you know about brain-computer interfaces (BCIs)?

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Comprehension Question Answer Key

  1. Initial users will be those who have lost the use of their limbs.
  2. True; scientists have worked on it for decades.
  3. By comparing it to a movie in which a billionaire uses brain chips to control people, the clip likely provokes fear and worry in the viewer.
  4. According to the video, it will take about six years to complete.

Vocabulary: 1-breakthrough, 2-civilization, 3-reach out, 4-limb, 5-implant, 6-ultimately, 7-promising, 8-interface, 9-titan, 10-groundbreaking

Collocations 1-a, 2-b, 3-c, 4-d, 5-e, 6-f

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