free english lesson plans

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.

Free Video-based ESL lesson plans

a photo of cologne cathedral and a slogan "have you ever visited germany?2

Speaking: visiting Germany, comparing visiting Germany during Euro 2024 vs visiting on a regular day, travelling to Euro 2024 on a budget
Vocabulary: common adjective + noun  collocations (e.g. breathtaking views, trendy neighbourhood, vibrant nightlife, cosy café)
Video: Ultimate UEFA EURO 2024 Guide: Explore Germany’s host cities, culture, and cuisine!


a photo of a stadium and a slogan "are you giong to follow euro 2024?

Vocabulary: stadiums (pitch, stands, concession stands, gates, ticket office, box seat)
Vocabulary: stages of a tournament (group stage, knockout rounds, Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Final)
Speaking: conversaiton questions, comparing different ways to watch a football game


a person actively listening to another, and a slogan "how to become a better listener"

Vocabulary: barriers to listening (e.g. distraction, prejudice, information overload)
Confusing words: listen and hear
Expressions: expressions with listen and hear (never hear the end of it, listen with only hald an ear, hear me out, listen to reason)


business model and a slogan "which are the most successful business models?"

Vocabulary: business collocations (e.g. generate revenue, acquire a user base, drive demand, revenue stream, targeted advertisements, profit margin)
Reading: successful business model
Listening and speaking: The Business Model Canvas


a photo of medals, pills and syringes, and a slogan "can doping ever be stopped?"

Reading: famous cases involving performance-enhancing drugs
Vocabulary: banned substances, test positive for, be stripped of, be disqualified, sever ties with, be banned for life, tarnish your reputation
Video: Gene therapy and the future of doping in sport


Grammar: used to
Vocabulary: technology collocations with “digital”
Speaking: questionnaire, conversarion questions, discussion statements


a football and a slolgan "why do people love football so much?"

Vocabulary: football (people in football, parts of the pitch, verbs related to football)
Speaking: popular sports, guess the sport
Listening: Why is football the most popular sport?


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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!