Beyoncé’s tour causes inflation

Lesson plan overview

This intermediate ESL lesson plan is focused on speaking and is about events, concerts, and a news report about Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour blamed for high inflation in Sweden.
Students will learn useful vocabulary and discuss different events, the benefits and problems cities face when hosting major events, and the power of megastars like Beyoncé. You can combine it with the lesson “Eurovision” and the worksheet “Idioms: entertainment“.
Vocabulary: The lesson starts with a vocabulary activity about different types of events (music festivals, art exhibitions, trade fairs, sports tournaments, carnivals, etc.). Students complete the events and then match the events to the correct photo.
Speaking: Next, students talk about events they have attended, and popular events in their city. After that they discuss the benefits and problems cities that host major events face.
Vocabulary: Students match the 2 halves of 6 sentences to learn expressions about concerts. After that they discuss 9 questions about concerts and performers that deliver memorable shows.
Video: Students watch a short video called “Beyflation? Beyoncé concerts blamed for higher inflation in Sweden” and answer 5 questions. In a post-listening discussion, they talk about the power Beyoncé has, and whether they have experienced something similar with other events.
Speaking: Finally, students are tasked with organising an event in their city and presenting their ideas to the class.
You can use the conversation cards to review the target vocabulary from this lesson.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

Janet Jackson surprising fans by announcing live on Instagram that she’s put together her aptly titled Together Again Tour, which will be a spin through the icon‘s biggest hits.
And with Queen Beyoncé’s chart topping 2022 album Renaissance, the Beehive has been not so patiently waiting for her to drop the album’s visuals and possibly announce a tour schedule.

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