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ESL lesson Plans

ESL lesson plans on topical issues and current news stories.

Lessons on this page are based around magazine type articles in graded English on topical issues and include pre-reading,comprehension and follow-up activities with a grammar, language use or vocabulary focus. Each can be downloaded in PDF format for printing or accessed online.

thumbnail: How Donald Trump got rich - a tale of three Trumps
How Donald Trump got rich - a tale of three Trumps B1-B2
Three articles in graded English on the Trump family charting their rise to wealth.
Pre-reading section on well-known business leaders.
Lead-in on the Trump family.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three on Donald Trump, his father and grandfather.
Grammar follow-up work on participle clauses. (Advanced version)
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Dress code B1-B2
This lesson is built around a true news story about a woman who was sent home from work for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
The first part revises and extends vocabulary for work clothing.
The second part consists of the news story with comprehension exercises.
The third part revises the grammar of reported speech.