ESL lesson plans for teachers

Video-based lesson plans

Whether your lessons are online or in-person, The English Flows’ lesson plans are the ultimate time-saver for ESL teachers working with adult and Business English students. Cut down on prep work and free up your time for what truly matters – guiding, coaching, and meeting your students' unique needs. Our current and highly relatable topics will keep your students engaged before, during, and after the class. We add 7-8 new video-based ESL lesson plans each month. Ignite their curiosity and inspire them to explore the English language further!

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a day in the calendar - 29th fabruary, and a losgan "basic mathematics, fractions and approximation"

Vocabulary: basic mathematics, fractions, approximation (roughly, around, about, more or less, plus or minus, give or take)
Video: Leap years and why we need them
Speaking: talking about measuring time, different types of calendars, and practising approximation


a woman and a man in an elevator with the man delivering an elevator pitch, and a slogan "craft and deliver a killer elevator pitch"

Collocations: collocations with pitch (e.g. craft a pitch, tailot a pitch, nail a pitch, rehearse a pitch)
Vocabulary: adjectives to describe effective and ineffective pitches
Functional language: useful phrases to talk about one’s accomplishments, passion, target audience, mission and vision (for companies)


a couple walking at the beach and a slogan "what's the secret of a healthy relationship?"

Vocabulary and word formation: commitment, empathy, intimacy, adaptability, forgiveness
Idioms: see eye to eye, have a bright future, stand the test of time,keep the spark alive
Functional language: talking about deal-breakers in a relationship


an image of a samba dancer at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival,a nd a slogan "learn more about brazil carnival"

Vocabulary: verbs (to be fused with, to be traced back to, to take over, to rehearse, to track)
Vocabulary: adjectives (dazzling, world-renowned, intricate, elaborate, mind-blowing)
Vocabulary: idioms (to let loose, to have the time of one’s life, a feast for the eyes)


happy chinese new year 2023 - the year of the rabbit and a sogan - how is chinese new year celebrated

Vocabulary: Chinese New Year
Grammar: years, dates and centuries
Vocabulary: personality adjectives


a person controlling smart features of his home on a tablet, and a slogan "would you like to live in a smart home?"

Vocabulary: smart devices around the house and their functions
Vocabulary: verb + noun collocations with “data”
Speaking: your dream house, debate questions about smart homes, describe functions of smart home devices


a person working on the beavh and a slogan "wwould you like to be able to work from anywhere?"

Vocabulary: solopreneur, workation, location independence, flexible schedule, hot desking, co-working
Speaking: ideal work environment, future work trends, things to take into account when choosing a destrination as a digital nomad, how popular digital nomad destinations have changed
Video:  The truth about being a digital nomad


a person looking at a dating app profile and a slogan "modern dating lingo"

Vocabulary: buzzwords and millanial dating slang words (ghosting, benching, breadcrumbing, catfishing, zombieing)
Videos: “Modern dating red flags”, and “Swipe right into: navigating the latest dating scene”
Speaking: Conversation questions, advantages and disadvantages, finding solutions

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Every lesson plan includes

Pre-class online activities

In-class activities
(For Full members)

After class: Additional resources

Each video-based ESL lesson plan features:

  • Online Pre-class Activities: Perfect for teachers who wish to embrace the modern blended learning approach. The pre-class activities are FREE for all video-based ESL lesson plans and can be completed without registration. By providing students with resources and engagement opportunities before the actual class session, educators can foster active participation, enhance comprehension, and optimise in-class discussions, promoting flexibility and a deeper, more interactive learning experience. On the other hand, if you choose not to assign the pre-class activities, or your students don’t complete them, it will not disturb the flow of the class.
  • Versatile In-Class Material: Each lesson includes 5-8 pages of in-class material created to explore the topic in-depth. The lessons encompass a diverse spectrum of current Business and General English topics. Whether you're exploring business trends or everyday conversational skills, our materials ensure that each subject is comprehensively covered, making the learning experience relevant and practical.
  • Engaging Video Content: Immerse your students in real-life language use through short YouTube videos, featuring content such as TED Talks, BBC Ideas, or news reports. These videos not only enhance listening and comprehension skills but also expose students to different accents, and a wide range of current, real-world topics and expert perspectives, making the learning experience more engaging and relevant.
  • Focus on communication: The English Flows’ lessons are all about communication. They're tailored to spark conversations and offer plenty of speaking opportunities. Additionally, each lesson includes a set of printable conversation cards, which teachers can use to revise target vocabulary, or turn the lesson into a conversation class.
  • Meaningful Homework Ideas: Each lesson suggests three research topics that encourage students to engage with authentic materials, fostering independent exploration and critical thinking skills after class. There are also links to additional resources (videos and articles), which can be found online and are FREE for all video-based lesson plans. These features aim to extend the learning experience, enabling students to connect classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

Try The English Flows’ video-based ESL lesson plans today and watch your students thrive!