Discover a diverse collection of video-based ESL lesson plans for students at intermediate and upper-intermediate (B1-B2) level. Our goal is to empower educators with a wealth of engaging resources that foster effective language learning. Each lesson in this category features a short video, useful vocabulary, and a diverse range of communicative activities.

Intermediate and Upper-intermediate ESL lesson plans


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)


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)


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 photo with a clock and a notepad with "new year, new me" written on it and the slogan "How to build new habits

Collocations: verb + noun collocations with the words “goal”, “routine”, “habit”, and “New Year’s resolutions”
Useful expressions: making New Year’s resolutions and creating an action plan
Video: How to make New Year’s resolutions that last


a photo of a lot of plant-based dishes and a slogan "Which diet is the healthiest?"

Vocabulary: diets (Mediterranean, Vegan, Ketogenic, Raw Food, Flexitarian, Paleo,  Intermittent Fasting)
Vocabulary: veganism (plant-based, farm-to-table, meatless, Vaganuary, cruelty-free)
Videos: “What if everyone in the world went vegan?”, and “Vegans vs meat-eaters: Who will live longer?”


people skiing and a slogan "how is climate change affecting winter sports"

Vocabulary: winter sports, protective gear, clothes and footwear, equipment, facilities
Video: Winter sports and climate change
Speaking: discussing winter sports, climate change, and winter


THE SIGN "HOTEL", AND A SLOGAN Have you ever stayed in a unique hotel?

Vocabulary: types of accommodations
Vocabulary: useful verbs to describe accommodations (e.g. to be equipped with, to feature, to come with, to boast)
Speaking: conversation questions, rating options, design your own usual hotel



a women drinking her morning coffee and enjoying her morning and a slogan - "can you become a morning person"?

Vocabulary: verbs related to sleep (sleep in, oversleep, snooze, wake up)
Vocabulary: expressions with “get” about daily routines (get up, ger ready, get dressed, get through the day, get off work)
Video: What happens when a night owl wakes up early

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What our B1 / B2 lesson plans offer:

  • Online Pre-class Activities: For ESL teachers who wish to embrace the blended learning approach, there are online pre-class activities provided for every lesson. By giving students resources before the actual class session, educators can enhance comprehension, and prepare students for meaningful in-class discussions, promoting flexibility and a deeper, more interactive learning experience.
  • Current and Relevant Topics: We carefully select the topics for our video-based ESL lesson plans, making sure they are current and relevant, including breaking news, business trends, and other contemporary subjects. When students engage with material they can relate to, their learning experience becomes more effective and meaningful. These topics aim not only to engage but also to be informative about the world around us, providing students with a broader perspective and deeper understanding, and sparking their curiosity.
  • Engaging Video Content: Immerse students in real-life language use through short YouTube videos that enhance listening and comprehension skills. These videos allow students to explore various accents, contexts, and communication styles, making the learning experience more interactive and entertaining. By exposing students to authentic conversations and expressions, they can develop their ability to understand and use the language in real-world situations, which is essential for positive learning outcomes.
  • Communicative Activities: The lesson plans include a variety of practical activities designed to actively involve students in conversations, helping them to develop their speaking and listening skills. These activities go beyond passive learning and encourage students to interact, express their thoughts, and participate in discussions, debates, role-plays, and more. Through these exercises, students not only practise the language but also gain confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in both social and professional contexts.

The video-based ESL lesson plans in this category are a valuable asset for ESL instructors working with intermediate (B1-B2) adult learners. These materials offer a balanced approach, promoting active engagement, developing speaking proficiency, and enhancing comprehension in both General and Business English.