Tag Archives: Philosophy

The Paradoxes of Life (Intermediate Lesson Plan)

This intermediate lesson focuses on life’s paradoxes. It includes a role-play, the prisoner’s dilemma, and other speaking activities.

The Paradoxes of Life (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

This B2-level lesson focuses on paradoxes. It includes a discussion of the prisoner’s dilemma, a role-play, and other speaking activities.

The Paradoxes of Life (Advanced EFL Lesson)

A lesson on life’s paradoxes. Includes the prisoner’s dilemma, role-plays, and discussion questions for advanced (C1) ESL conversation class.

The Egg (Short Story) (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-intermediate & Advanced Lesson Topic: Creation, the meaning of life, empathy Skill Focus: Listening, Vocabulary, Speaking Approximate Class Time: 1.25 hours Lesson Plan Download: the-egg-short-story-upper-intermediate-advanced.docx Lesson Overview: This lesson is based on a short (7:55m) but powerful animated short story by Andy Weir. The themes include creation, the meaning of life, family, reincarnation, and […]

“How to Grow Old” by Bertrand Russell (Advanced Lesson Plan)

Advanced lesson on Russell’s essay on how to grow old well. Includes reading, vocabulary & speaking activities for EFL conversation class.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter to High School Class (Upper-Intermediate)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-intermediate Lesson Topics:  Kurt Vonnegut, creativity, the soul, banning books Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary Lesson Plan Download: vonnegut-letter-upper-intermediate-01062022.docx Approximate Class Time: 2 hours UPPER-INTERMEDIATE Lesson on Vonnegut’s Letter to High Schoolers: Warm-up (Pair Work) What are your favorite books? Who are your favorite authors? Have you ever written an e-mail to a well-known […]

Daoism & The Chinese Farmer (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Upper-intermediate lesson on Daoism & the Chinese farmer parable. Includes speaking, reading, & other activities for conversation class.

Meme: Imagine You Were Born in 1900 (Advanced Lesson Plan)

Free advanced lesson on the “Imagine you were born in 1900” meme (topics: Generational differences, perspective). Includes warm-up questions, reading, vocabulary, and group work for EFL conversation class.

Phoning It In (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Reading Lesson)

A short reading lesson for ESL students interested in business topics. Students can answer comprehension, vocabulary, & discussion questions.

The Disease of Being Busy (Upper-Intermediate Reading Lesson)

A philosophical lesson plan about making time in life. The lesson includes reading comprehension, discussion, & vocabulary questions for ESL students on the ‘Disease of Being Busy’ by Omid Safi. Upper-Intermediate. Free download.

Biomedical Ethics & Neanderthal Babies (Advanced ESL Lesson Plan)

Free advanced ESL lesson plan on Biomedical ethics. Topics: euthanasia, animal rights, cloning, etc.

Biomedical Ethics & Neanderthal Babies (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate ESL lesson plan on cloning a Neanderthal and biomedical ethics.

Topic: Reasons for Love (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

Free upper-intermediate lesson. Lesson #1: “Reasons for Love” from Unit on Love & Marriage.