What Makes a Smart City?
Video-based ESL lesson plan
This ESL lesson plan deals with the theme Technology. Students will look at what are smart cities and look at different terminology and expression to speak about cities and towns in general.
It focus on practicing key skills related to listening, speaking, collaboration and critical thinking. You will need at least 90 minutes to complete this lesson, if used as a flipped ESL lesson. However, lesson can run up to 3 hours ( consider two 90-minute lessons or for university teachers adjust as needed).
While targeting intermediate and upper-intermediate language learners of english, it is highly adaptable as it have been purposely designed to faciliate mixed-levelled classes. This includes in a tertiary institution such as a university or within a professional environment, targeting professional.
Starter and Key vocabulary
First, students complete some previewing activites to help stimulate interest in the topic as well as connect to previously known knowlege. This is done through a general discussion on the topic. In addition, they review or learn how context determine the meaning of words. This is essential to understanding the video.
Next, they move to another speaking activity, but this time they need to choose one payment method and think of its pros and cons. Encourage your students to take into consideration such issues as speed, security, costs, etc.