Free ESL lesson plans

Free video-based  teaching materials

Discover The English Flows’ free video-based ESL lesson plans! Our ready-to-use lesson plans are a valuable asset for ESL teachers working with adult and Business English students, helping you save time lesson planning and allowing you to focus on guiding, coaching, and addressing your students' individual needs. With up-to-date and highly relevant topics, your students will remain engaged before, during, and after class.

Business English video-based ESL lesson plans


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 Day of the Dead sugar skull and a slogan "How is the Day of the Dead celebrated?"

Vocabulary: words related to the Day of the Dead
Word formation: celebrate, symbolize, die, remember, offer
Speaking: quiz, conversation questions



a man taking notes while learning online with a slogan - do you know how to learn effectively?

Vocabulary: retention, engagement, to track progress, feedback, cramming
Vocabulary: expressions with “learn” (learn by heart, learn the hard way, learn by doing, learn the basics, learn your lesson)
Video: Spaced repetition: the most powerful study technique



a person leaving a tip in a tipping jar and a slogan - Has tipping culture in the Us gone too far?

Vocabulary: expressions with “tip” (tipping etiquette, tip jar, to tip upfront, a guilt tip, pre-set tipping options)
Vocabulary: tipping (to round up, minimum wage, customary, service charge)
Video: “Has tipping reached a tipping point? Whom to tip and whom to skip”



items used to celebrate St Patrick's Day, and a slogan - do you know the history of St Patricks Day?

Video: St. Patrick’s Day: Bet You Didn’t Know
Grammar: passive voice
Speaking: St. Patrick’s Day history and tradition, Irish culture



a football with argentine flag on it and a slogan - congratulations, Argentina!

Vocabulary: football matches and statistics
Video: Heroes’ welcome for Messi and World Cup champions in Argentina
Speaking: conversation questions




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What can you expect from our free lesson plans?

  • Pre-class online activities: Ideal for educators looking to try the blended learning approach. All video-based ESL lesson plans feature pre-class activities. They are free and do not require registration. These activities provide students with resources and opportunities for engagement before the actual class. By doing so, teachers can stimulate active participation, create a more interactive learning experience, boost comprehension, and help students prepare for in-class discussions.
  • In-Class Resources: Our video-based ESL lesson plans contain 5-8 pages of versatile in-class material, allowing for in-depth exploration of each topic. The English Flows’ lessons are designed with communication in mind. They facilitate meaningful conversations and offer abundant speaking opportunities. Additionally, each lesson includes a set of printable conversation cards that teachers can use to review target vocabulary or transform the lesson into a conversation-focused class, further encouraging student interaction.
  • Meaningful homework ideas: Each lesson presents three research topics that encourage students to explore authentic materials independently after class. Also, we provide links to supplementary resources, such as videos and articles, to extend the learning experience. The access to these links is free for all lessons. These features enable students to bridge classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

Try out our free video-based ESL lesson plans today!