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Vocabulary Lesson Plans for English Learners at All Levels

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.

Confusing Verb Pairs
Learn the difference between commonly confused verb pairs in English for English language learners and ESL EFL classes.

Teachers Share Vocabulary Lesson Plans for the ESL / EFL Classroom
ESL teachers share their best vocabulary lesson plans with other English teachers from around the world.See submissions

ESL Vocabulary Lesson Plan - Opposites for Intermediate Level Learners
Lesson plan for esl classes focusing on vocabulary opposites for Intermediate Level Learners.

ESL Vocabulary Lesson Plan - Opposites for Beginning Level Learners
Lesson plan for esl classes focusing on vocabulary opposites for Beginning Level Learners.

ESL Vocabulary Lesson Plan - Opposites for Advanced Level Learners
Lesson plan for esl classes focusing on vocabulary opposites for Advanced Level Learners.

ESL Opposites Lesson Plan
Lesson plan for esl classes focusing on vocabulary opposites for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels

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.

Descriptive Vocabulary for Cinema, Movies, and Stars
Intermediate Level ESL EFL Vocabulary Lesson Plan using Cinema, Movie and Film Vocabulary such as Descriptive Adjectives

Building Character Adjectives Vocabulary
ESL Lesson aimed at widening students vocabulary in the area of character adjectives and descriptions of people

Translation Lesson
An innovative use of the Internet in class to help students improve English writing style and vocabulary

Your Zodiac Sign - Lesson Plan
Advanced level lesson plan focusing on zodiac signs for your ESL or EFL class. Students are asked to evaluate themselves as to whether they match up with short zodiac descriptions.

Word Game for the ESL Classroom
Free printable word game for the ESL classroom. This lesson plans adapts popular mad libs for learning English.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Visual Dictionary - Food
Visual dictionary for ESL learners and classes displaying food images and vocabulary with example sentences for each fine food dish displayed.

Internet Tools to Improve Vocabulary in English
This lesson plan focuses on building vocabulary in English by using a wide variety of internet English vocabulary tools to learn important word combinations.

Phrasal Verb Quizzes

Phrasal verbs can be very challenging for English learners. These quizzes include printable resources for in class use, as well as lesson plans and vocabulary building exercises centered around phrasal verbs.

Learning English Idioms
Advice on learning English idioms by Mike Shelby which offers suggestions structuring exercises and approaches to helping students learn idioms, as well as listing important English idiom dictionaries.

ESL Food Lesson
Practicing food vocabulary including preparation, quantity and types of food containers is the goal of this lesson which can be used as a review, or as a great way to tie all this related vocabulary into one lesson.

Phrasal Verb Quizzes

Phrasal verbs can be very challenging for English learners. These quizzes include printable resources for in class use, as well as lesson plans and vocabulary building exercises centered around phrasal verbs.

Using a Wider Rage of Vocabulary - ESL Lesson Plan
Encourage students to take their passive knowledge to active usage in this lesson that focuses on expressing different types of happiness.

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