Lesson plan – TEFL intermediate +

(Scroll down to download the lesson plan for students and also the teacher’s help sheet.)
This is a really interesting lesson that I’ve done a few times recently with great results in terms of student conversation, vocabulary and the variety of topics discussed. The lesson tells a powerful story through a series of images.
It’s very important to reveal the photos one at a time without the students seeing the next image in the story.

For a quick overview (for you the teacher, now) of the story, watch the following video. I didn’t use it in my lessons, as the pictures produced enough conversation as it was. Maybe you could use it in connection with my Q3 at the end of the lesson, or perhaps use it for homework (“What feelings did you have after watching the video that you didn’t have when you saw the photos in class?” or something similar)



The first two images are not connected to the main story. They are simply included to get the students into the swing of things: extensive description & prediction.

Show the class the first picture. “What is happening here? You’ve got 1 min” ….to speak in groups (pairs, 3s, 4s – whatever suits your class best… Ken Wilson once said that 3s are much better than pairs)
Get class feedback.
Reveal the next image. “Now decide in your groups what is happening here. You’ve got 1 min”. Of course, do ICQs if you wish!
After quick class feedback explain that in this lesson, they will see a story through several photos where they have to talk what is happening before they see the next photo in the story.



Photographs provided by Tim Dodd Photography.
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Work through the student handout; it’s self explanatory.
After the end of the images there are several discussion questions at your disposal
Use the teacher help sheet to bolster the vocabulary available from this lesson’s talking points.

IMPORTANT: I have added a line after each image where I folded the paper (or you could cut it in half) so that students could not see the next pic. However, it would be MUCH better to project these images if you have that facility – and of course it saves a lot of paper!)



Taylor Danielle


Taylor Danielle TEACHER’s Sheet
If you use this lesson plan and modify the content successfully in any way, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section. Thanks in advance and have a great lesson! 🙂

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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