Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson is about the recently released conversational language model ChatGPT, developed by open AI. The lesson looks at ChatGPT’s pros, possible applications in different industries, and possible concerns related to the use of ChatGPT. Students have plenty of opportunities to talk about technology, innovation, AI and how ChatGPT could be used in their organisations. The lesson can be taught both as a Business English and a General English lesson. You can combine it with the lessons: “Productivity and AI tools“, “Robot appointed as CEO“, “Idioms: technology”, and “Phrasal verbs: change and innovation”.
Speaking: The lesson starts with a few conversation questions aiming to assess students’ prior knowledge about ChatGPT.
Vocabulary: Students look at different pros of ChatGPT and complete them with the words given (human-like, large-scale, awareness, reliable)
Speaking and reading: Next, students are given different fields and are asked to think of ways ChatGPT might be used in each one. Then they read 5 cases, each giving an example from a different industry, and match it to the correct field.
Speaking: Next, students brainstorm possible concerns related to ChatGPT. After that they look at 8 concerns and decide which 3 they consider to be the most important and potentially damaging. They also complete a vocabulary activity, where they learn words such as infringe, reliance, displacement, misinformation.
Listening: students watch a video “What is ChatGPT, and why does it have educators worried?” and answer 7 questions.
Speaking: Students discuss 6 questions related to ChatGPT, its future and its contribution to society.
Lastly, students are asked to write 3 questions they would like to ask ChatGPT, and check what it would answer online.
You can use the conversation cards for additional speaking practice!
Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s interactive PDF
Conversation cards PDF
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Conversation cards PDF
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