Lesson Plan Theme: Science and Technology

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "Science and Technology".


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Choices Choices

Target Language: Deciding which computer to buy.
Description: Two friends speak about the best computer to buy. The lesson begins with a speaking activity about buying gadgets and the difficulties that exist when choosing to buy such items. After two listening comprehension exercises, a final speaking activity ends the lesson.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L13
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The Broken Laptop

Target Language: Use of should/shouldn't have for the past.
Description: Doug returns his broken laptop computer to the store and finds out there are some things he should and shouldn't have done. Good computer related vocabulary.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G12
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Online Trouble

Target Language: Online shopping, vocabulary.
Description: Students listen to a telephone conversation between a website customer and the online support staff. They also learn some useful vocabulary connected with shopping online and using the internet.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L4
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Wot R U Doin?

Target Language: Online social networks, unconventional/abbreviated English used online.
Description: Students read about the success of Facebook and learn something about the abbreviated English of the chatroom. The main article looks at the negative side of social networking and what can be done to stay safe online.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R7
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Online Shopping

Target Language: Online shopping, writing a letter of complaint.
Description: This is a lesson about online shopping which tries to give students practice at speaking, reading and writing. The main reading/writing focus is on letters of complaint.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3T1


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The SETI Interview

Target Language: Talking about UFO's/The Unexplained.
Description: A radio program in which a scientist talks about UFO's/the search for extra-terrestrial life. Speaking before and after about this and other unusual phenomena.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L2
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The Electric Page

Target Language: eBooks and eBook readers, technology vocabulary.
Description: The listening for this lesson is a conversation between two friends (one more cynical than the other!) about ebooks and the devices that you can read them on. At the end of the lesson, you will set up a traditional debate where the class is divided into two halves and each will argue for or against a chosen topic.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L14
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Online Perils

Target Language: Using the internet, spam/viruses, etc. Listening to a radio program.
Description: The listening here is an radio interview based around the "dark" side of the web: phishing, spam and viruses. Pre-listening vocabulary exercise looks at some internet terminology. Free speaking activity to finish the lesson with.
Duration: 60-70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L5
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The Conference

Story Involves: Time travel, science fiction, Second World War.
Plot: Two CIA operatives travel back in time to facilitate the assassination of Hitler and change modern history forever. They just need to ensure a bomb goes off and the German leader is killed. What could possibly go wrong?
Duration: 85 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R11
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The Last Ark

Story Involves: Science Fiction, space travel, loneliness, desperation.
Plot: NASA sends over 200 of its finest on a one way trip to a distant star. After years of hibernation, the first to wake heads to the flight deck to speak with the central computer, Max. Something doesn't seem right. Where are they - and where is everyone else?
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R12
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The Observers

Story Involves: Science Fiction, apocalyptic, vacations and tourism.
Plot: Arthur is not used to traveling alone and finds himself on a cruise ship unable to sleep. As he strolls the deck, he comes across a group of people who don't seem to belong. What are they doing on the ship and why are they all peering off into the night towards one point on the horizon?
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R17
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One Small Step For Man

Target Language: Space exploration, science/technology vocabulary, holding a debate.
Description: Students discuss which has been mankind's greatest achievement. There is a high level reading about our future in space exploration. To finish off the lesson, the speaking activity takes the form of a debate about whether space exploration is a waste of money or not.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4T3
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Let's Go Surfing

Target Language: Words and expressions from the world of the Web.
Description: While the focus in on vocabulary, this lesson includes space for both discussion and a role play.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4V2
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My Cell Phone

Target Language: Mobile/Cell phone vocabulary, comparing + evaluating, role play.
Description: Comparing different phones, cell phone terminology and a role play to consolidate the new vocabulary.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4V3


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Target Language: Comparative adjectives, computer vocabulary.
Description: Students compare two different models of computers, learning how to form comparative adjectives and also gaining some useful computer vocabulary. Lesson finished with students using comparatives to compare other aspects of the Information Technology world.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B1G1
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Urgent Mails

Target Language: Giving and receiving instructions.
Description: Students listen to a boss telling her assistant about some urgent e-mails she needs sending out. Students complete the notes and then use relevant language to write parts of the e-mails in a final game.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2L1
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Chasing A Dream

Target Language: Reading, vocabulary of investment and new startup companies.
Description: The lesson starts with a speaking activity where students have to think about worthy recipients of investment capital. The reading is centered around one of these start-up companies. The lesson finishes with the students taking part in a mock-up of Shark Tank/Dragon's Den, trying to convince their fellow students to invest in their "amazing" ideas!
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B3R1

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