OpenAI’s Sora Blows Minds (Advanced Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: AI-Generated Video, Animation
Skill Focus: Listening, Reading, Pronunciation, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 2 hours
Lesson Plan Download: openai-sora-advanced-lesson-022024.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • After warm-up questions, students preview ten terms used in a three-minute NBC News video about OpenAI's new tool, Sora. After matching vocabulary to definitions, students watch the video on YouTube. The video is at a C1 English level and the speakers have an American accent.
  • 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.
  • As a unique feature, the lesson offers a review of the pronunciation of words ending in the -ate sound.
  • There are two debate topics about Sora students can choose from. After, there are two roleplay activities. The first is a courtroom scenario, where lawyers of DreamWorks' Animation studio face off against OpenAI. The second scenario is a more playful situation about a fictional president having an affair and the reliability of video evidence in the modern age.
  • The next speaking activity has students consider a list of potential future inventions and discuss which they think are likely to be created. Next, students work in groups to design a commercial using Sora for a gum brand.
  • As usual, the lesson has a few famous quotations and then a review of vocabulary and collocations before presenting some final discussion questions.

A film crew filming a woman walking

ADVANCED (C1/C2) Lesson Plan on OpenAI’s Sora


  1. What is your favorite animated film?
  2. So far, what generative AI (artificial intelligence) tools have you tried? What’s your opinion of them?
  3. Has AI affected the field you work or plan to work in?

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Comprehension Question Answer Key

  1. He suggests it will cause layoffs.
  2. The estimate from the groups about employment in 2026 support the idea that AI will have a major negative impact on employment in that industry.
  3. It will enforce policies against violent images, sexual content, and using the likeness and IP of others. Also, it will engage with artists, policymakers, and educators to stay aware of concerns.
  4. It has not released yet (as of Feb, 27th, 2024), though the host believes the tech will likely spread to the public regardless.

Vocabulary: 1-engage, 2-deepfake, 3-mind-blowing, 4-prevalent, 5-IP, 6-project, 7-likeness, 8-spit out, 9-prompt, 10-break sth down


  1. I asked her to estimate the approximate It’s unfortunate that the estimate was covered in chocolate. That is by no means appropriate.
  2. He will motivate the consulate to investigate your delicate
  3. The CEO is passionate. He wants to incorporate the company, but keep it private.

Collocations 1-b, 2-d, 3-c, 4-a



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