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Lesson Plans for English Vocabulary Building for ESL / EFL Classes

Free English vocabulary building lesson plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced level of English learning in ESL EFL classes as well as business English classes. Each lesson provides an introduction, step by step teaching guidelines and printable student worksheets.

Process Description
This lesson helps students develop narrating skills by thinking in terms of verb 'groups' that belong together in order to describe a process.

Your Zodiac Sign - Lesson Plan
Upper level students can discuss their various personality traits through the use of this lesson providing worksheets on zodiac signs to focus on character adjectives.

Business Trends
This intermediate to upper-intermediate level business lesson focuses on increasing vocabulary used to describe economic trends.

Chunking - Vocabulary Building
Upper level reading comprehension provided as a means for students to learn chunksof relevant language as well as appropriate vocabulary.

Dictionary Survey
This lesson (activity) focuses on understanding students' approach to using a dictionary. Once you have understood how students use their dictionary, you can then make suggestions and plan lessons based on a deeper understanding of how your students approach vocabulary acquisition.

Everyday Expressions Quiz
Everyday Expressions Quiz for Advanced ESL Classes focusing on common idiomatic expressions in a difficult, but common context.

Food!
One topic of discussion is sure to be popular no matter where you are in the world: food! One of the most important things that your students need to learn for traveling is food vocabulary. This lesson focuses on building vocabulary and then having students use the vocabulary by preparing one of their favorite national dishes.

How would you describe your favorite actor?
This intermediate to upper intermediate matches descriptive adjectives with famous actors and actresses to build vocabulary.

Lesson Plan: Opposites - Advanced
Learning new vocabulary often requires "hooks" - memory devices that help students remember the words they have learned. Here is a quick, traditional and effective exercise focusing on pairing opposites. Exercises for elementary, intermediate and advanced level classes.

Lesson Plan: Opposites - Beginners
Learning new vocabulary often requires "hooks" - memory devices that help students remember the words they have learned. Here is a quick, traditional and effective exercise focusing on pairing opposites. Exercises for elementary, intermediate and advanced level classes.

Lesson Plan: Opposites - Intermediate
Learning new vocabulary often requires "hooks" - memory devices that help students remember the words they have learned. Here is a quick, traditional and effective exercise focusing on pairing opposites. Exercises for elementary, intermediate and advanced level classes.

Lesson Plan: Phrasal Verb Review
Lesson plan and accompanying text intended for phrasal verb review in advanced level classes.

Lesson: Building Character Description Vocabulary
This intermediate level lesson employs a fun questionnaire to focus on developing personal description vocabulary.

Lesson: Translating Texts
This lesson uses the power of the Internet to translate a text written by students in their native language, or a page from Internet chosen by students. This text is then used as a means to improve vocabulary and discuss differences between the native language and English. Great fun for everybody is assured!

Lesson: Various Uses of "Like"
Pre-intermediate to intermediate lesson focusing on better understanding those all important questions with "like".

Lesson: Vocabulary Charts
Help students improve their "long term" memorization of new vocabulary through the use of vocabulary charts.

Lesson: Vocabulary Tables
Lesson for intermediate to advanced students aimed at expanding vocabulary based on existing knowledge of terms concerning specific topics.

Reports: Using a Word Processing Program in Class
While not strictly a vocabulary lesson, this lesson plan improves vocabulary knowledge specific to a chosen topic while developing a group writing project over a period of time.

Spelling - Vocabulary Game
This spelling game helps ESL classes and students learn and - or review new vocabulary that may be learned during a unit, or a given period of time such as a week or a semester.

Stereotypes
This plan for young learners, also works well in adult classrooms. The lesson focuses on recognizing that stereotypes do contain some truth, but also can not be applied across the board, is central to this lesson. The lesson also helps them improve their descriptive adjective vocabulary while they discuss perceived differences between nations through stereotypes.

TV Episode Lesson Plan
Bring students up to a level of listening comprehension which helps them feel confident with coping with full, normal-speed listening texts, conversation for ESL English classes.

Video Games - Young Learners Lesson Plan
If there is one thing that young English learners and ESL classes have in common around the world, it's their passion for playing video games. Taking cue from this passion for video games, this lesson is devoted to getting them to talk about video games - but in English!

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