Free ESL intermediate lesson plans.

Great Speaking Activities. TESOL Thailand.
ESL Intermediate lessons, games and activities.

Hot Seat - Name Each team.
 Break the class into 2 teams or 4 teams, depending on class size.
 Place two chairs next to the board, facing the class and a student from each team.
 Pupils from each team rotate turns sitting in the chair.
 Write a vocabulary word behind the student that they cannot see.
 Each team has 30 seconds to elicit the word written on the board from their teammate sitting in the hot seat.
 They can only speak English. If they speak their native tongue, erase a point from their score.

Two Truths, One Lie.
Demonstrate by writing two truths and one lie about yourself on the board.
 Ask pupils to guess the lie?
 Once they grasp the concept, give them 5 to 10 minutes to write their own list of two truths and one lie.
 Pupils take turns presenting their list for participation points.
 The class guesses what the lie is.

Road Trip.
Ask “What do we need for a road trip?”
 Each student must say one item to bring along, but every previous item must be said first.
 Student 1: Fruit. Student 2: Fruit and vegetables. Student 3: Fruit, vegetables and a cat. Student 4: Fruit, vegetables, a cat and an umbrella. 5. Fruit, vegetables, cat, umbrella and water. Fruit, vegetables, cat, umbrella, water and towels. Keep going until a student forgets the list.
 A great time-killer. 


TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate Lesson.

Hotel problems.

Cut up the flash cards with each sentence from below.
Tell students that they're in a hotel or resort but they have lost their voice.
Give out flash cards. They have to pretend that they are at a hotel reception desk. They need to mime the things they need, while the class tries to guess what it is. 

There are no towels in my hotel. 
room. I’m in room 15. 

I’d like a wakeup call at 6.30 am tomorrow.

There’s a mouse in my bathroom.

I asked for a double room, not a single room!

All the lights in my bungalow have gone out!

I dropped a bottle of wine in my hotel room. I need someone to come and clean it for me.

The A/C doesn’t work in my room and it’s very hot! 

I asked by email to book a bungalow with a sea view, not a jungle view!

I’d like a taxi for nine o’clock
tomorrow morning. 

What time is breakfast? 

I ordered a drink and a sandwich
from the restaurant 30 minutes ago, and it still hasn’t arrived. 

I’d like to know the name of a good restaurant near the resort.

I went to the room you told me too,
but the key doesn’t fit the lock.
I’ve locked myself out of my hotel room.

The man in the room next to
mine has his TV on very loud! 
I would like to go to sleep. 

There's a load of ants in our room, we need ant powder!

There’s a horrible smell
coming from under the bed in
my room. 

There’s no remote control for the
TV in my hotel room.

TESOL Thailand ESL.

TESOL Thailand.
ESL intermediate Lesson.

Course title: Hospital Training. 
Class level: Intermediate.
Age: 18 to 35.
Date: 15-10-13.
Place: Thailand, Koh Phangan, Hospital.
Frequency: Once.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Number of students: 5-7.

Objective: Teach nurses to improve their writing and vocabulary.

Materials:  Paper, pencils, worksheets, whiteboard and markers.

Step by step guide:

9.30 AM ( Activity, warmer ).

Complete the word search I’ve created around hospital vocabulary.

9.40 AM (Class practice).

Hand out writing worksheets and go over them with the students and complete them.

Write down what you think's wrong with these people. Pictures of cartoon patients.

9.50 AM (Activity).

More writing explanations and worksheets gearing towards hospital vocabulary.
See website resource below.

9.55 AM (Closure).

Ask for any questions, go over the whole lesson and then it’s time for closure.


Word Search Puzzle.

C R K  L U C K A Y T D Y

Bloody nose.      

TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.

ESL Intermediate Lesson.

TESOL Thailand.

Context: ESL
Telephone conversations.

Objective: To be able to use the telephone to talk to people that they know.

Materials: Scenarios for telephone conversations, poster of telephones, copy of common telephone phrases.

Engage: Telephones. Bring in a picture of many different kinds of telephones from the first kind to the modern day. Discuss telephones. Does anybody know when telephones were invented? Which of the telephones in the pictures do the class remember seeing or using. Do they use a telephone at home? Do they own a mobile phone? What do they use their telephones for?

List modern uses on the board. Camera, text messages, storing music, torch, radio, etc. What is the first thing your students say when they pick up a telephone? Tell them how you answer a telephone. Try a few pretend telephone calls with a couple of pupils. Ask to speak to your friend. Pupils decide if they're available to talk to you or not.

Activate: Telephone role-play: In pairs, role-play telephone conversations with people they know. They model their conversations from the examples in the engage phase.

Study: Study telephone language: Point out improvements to their telephone style. Point out formal and informal ways of addressing people on the telephone. Study a scripted telephone conversation (someone has crashed their friend's car and has to phone to tell them!). Practice reading the conversation. Study the motivation of the two speakers. Think of some alternative responses to the situation.

Activate: Scenarios role-plays. Split the class into pairs. Give students a scenario. Your mum has gone on holiday and you promised to water her plants while she was away. You forgot, and they all died. The phone rings. Give students another scenario. You've gone away on holiday. Your son's supposed to be looking after your precious plant collection. You call him to check, everything OK. Let them take on the roles and practice.

Study: Write any mistakes on the board. Class to call out corrections. Drill a few standard telephone phrases. Study language that expresses emotion (such as anger, suspicion or an attempt to lie).

Activate: Repeat the role-play but this time assign emotional roles. Angry, apologetic, forgiving etc. The most successful and amusing pairs do a performance.

ESL Intermediate lesson.


TESOL Thailand.

TESOL Koh Phangan, Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.


An action verb shows what a noun in the sentence has done, is doing, or will do. It's an action verb, because there is someone or something taking an action.

Highlight the action verbs below;


1. Laptop, candle, dance, table.

2. Sing, desk, boy, box.

3. Talked, elephant, bookshelf, comic.

4. People, museum, visit, shoes.

5. Trousers, shirt, purse, bought.

6. Paintbrush, smiled, dishes, monkey.

7. Took, chair, notebook, bed.

8. Clock, kitten, listen, cat.

9. Search, carpet, ladder, foot.

10. Ocean, kicked, cup, paper.

11. Trees, mountain, climb, snow.

12. Radio, door, hunt, flashlight.

13. Discover, piano, oven, servant.

14. Astronaut, teacher, eraser, sell.


Many verbs are just a single word, but there are some that have two parts. There's the main verb that tells the action and another verb, called the helping verb which helps with precision.  The helping verb will often be a form of the verb “to be” or the verb “to have.”

Other words, called auxiliary verbs, will be the helping verbs. These help show future action. Examples of these are
 “will,”  “may,” and “shall."   

Try to underline the helping verbs in each sentence.   

1. James will play video games tomorrow.

2. The surgeon has operated many times before.

3. My little sister is singing like a rock star.

4. Steve can kick better than anyone on the team.

5. There's a beautiful sailboat in the harbor.

6. Susan's walking her puppy in the park.

7. Jack and his dad are using the computer.

8. Mum will bake special cookies for the party.

9. Tom had given his mother some flowers.

10. The very small girl can sail all by herself.  

TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.


TESOL Thailand.

ESL Lesson Intermediate.

Context: Checking into a hotel.

Engage: Students discuss their experiences of staying in hotels.

Have any of the students stayed in the same hotels? What did they think of the service, rooms, facilities, location etc? Why did they need to stay in a hotel?

Activate: In pairs have students role play the process of checking into a hotel. Model the process with a few students first in front of the whole class. It gives them an idea of what they have to do. Make a note of the language used.

Study: Study the language that the students chose to use in the activate stage. Explain polite forms.‘What do you want?’ change to, ‘May I help you?’  ‘I want a room’ change to, ‘Do you have any rooms available?’ etc. Study the choice of language for the whole check-in process in the same way.

Activate: Repeat the check-in role-play but this time students have to be as polite as possible to each other. Make a note of any grammatical or pronunciation errors.

Study: Point out any grammatical and pronunciation errors that turned up during the activate stage. Students practice saying the sentences correctly.

Study some example dialogues of people checking into hotels. For each conversation students must decide if the receptionist and guest are being polite or impolite. Compare answers as a class.

Activate: Students should imagine they are the manager of a hotel that receives a lot English speaking guests. However, the woman at the front desk does only speaks a little English.

In groups students should produce a mini training manual to help the receptionist greet her guests! The groups should then present their manual to the rest of the pupils explaining why they chose each particular item of vocabulary.

TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.

TESOL Thailand.
ESL Intermediate lesson. 

Context: The present continuous tense.

Engage: Display a poster to class with people doing various activities in some setting, for example at a park, or in a town. Ask what's happening in the picture. What's the various people doing? See if you can elicit the use of present continuous tense.

Activate: Mime an action from the poster and see if they guess what your'e doing by asking questions. Are you building a house? Etc. Have a student do a mime in the front. Model asking questions for the rest of the pupils and encourage them to ask questions too. In groups continue the mime and guessing game. Monitor to make sure they use the present continuous tense.

Study: Write the form of the present continuous tense on the board using some examples from the poster. Point out various spellings for ending. Jump (ing). Run (double the consonant ending running), Make (making). Form the verb ‘to be’. Pupils practice forming the present continuous tense in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. (Singular and plural).

Complete a word search or crossword which uses the verbs from the poster with endings.

Make sure they know the meanings of each of these verbs. Students write their own sentences about what people are doing in the poster.

Activate: Split into pairs. Give out small copies of the poster to half the class. The other half gets a similar poster with some differences in what people are doing. (Same characters). Without looking students must discover the differences by asking each other questions. The dog goes swimming in my picture! What's he doing in your picture? In my picture the dog is playing with a ball. Pictures can be kept for use in other classes.

TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.


ESL Intermediate lesson.
TESOL Thailand.

At the Hospital, in Koh Phangan.
ESL, Improving vocabulary.

Receptionist - Hello. How can I help you? 

Patient – I have an appointment to see the doctor at 3 PM on Thursday, but something came up and I need to change the time.

Receptionist – OK. Can you tell me your name and your doctor's name, too?

Patient – Yes. My name is Bill Watson, and my doctor's name is Doctor Carr.

Receptionist - Thank you. Could you spell your name?                                          
Patient - Yes of course! I'ii write it for you.

Receptionist – We don't have a Bill Watson. We do have a William Watson.

Patient – Yes, that's me. I am known as Bill.

Receptionist – OK. So what day and time do you want to change the time to?

Patient – Monday morning would be good.

Receptionist – I'm sorry but the doctor is not at this hospital Monday morning. Would Tuesday morning be OK?

Patient – I would prefer Tuesday afternoon. 

Receptionist – He's open at 4:30PM. That is the only time.

Patient – Yes. That would be fine.

Receptionist – OK. Then we will see you at 4:30 PM on Tuesday.

Patient – Thank you.

Receptionist – Your very welcome Mr. Watson.


ESL Intermediate Lesson, Koh Phangan hospital, TESOL Thailand.

Rec – Hello. How can I help you?

Pat – My friend was in an accident and she's in your hospital. I want to know how she's doing and to get some information. I need to explain the situation to her parents. 

Rec – What's her name? When did she enter the hospital?

Pat – Her name is Martina Pelosi, and she came here in an ambulance last night. She had a motorcycle accident. We are from Italy.

Rec – Just a moment. Let me look at the records. (pause) Thanks for waiting. Yes, she came into our hospital last night at 10 PM. She had many injuries from the accident and was unconscious. I don't know if she's still unconscious, but the injuries are serious.

Pat – Can you tell me what injuries she has? Is there a doctor her parents can telephone?

Rec – We'll arrange to have the doctor speak to them. The chief nurse and also the office manager can answer some questions as well. Your friend had many injuries. She has many broken bones and she hit her head very hard. Fortunately, she was wearing a helmet.

Pat – Thanks. Where's the office manager, to get more information from him or her?

Rec –  Down the hall on the right. The sign on the door says “Hospital Manager”. Her name is Supraporn Winaikit.

Pat – Good. I will talk to her now. Any idea of what treatments my friend has had, and what they cost?

Rec – It would be better to talk to the hospital manager, as she has exact details. The intensive care hospital room costs 300 euros per night. For the surgery, I am not sure what that costs as yet. Also, the doctors thinks it would be a good idea to transfer your friend to a hospital in Bangkok with more specialized equipment.

Pat – It sounds very serious.

Rec – Yes, Perhaps you should talk to the hospital manager and then the doctor for more information.

ESL Intermediate lesson. TESOL Thailand.

TESOL Thailand.  ESL Intermediate lesson.   TESOL Grammar.

Location: Local School. ESL Intermediate lesson.
Number of Pupils: 6.      Ages 8-9 years old.
Duration: 1 hour. 
Objective: Pupils to write sentences using nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
Noun – a thing or object. Something you point to. Often a – an – the - before. Place, name, thing.
Adjective – describes a noun.
Verb – Action word.    
Adverb – describes an action. Often ends in

Materials: Paper and pencils, ESL worksheets.

Step by step guide:
(Introduction, explanation) 5 minutes.

Introduce names. Learn the nick names of the pupils and write their names on the white board. Then ask who has the best English in the group. Ask the student with the best English to introduce him-herself.

Explain what we will be learning with some fun games.
Warmer - 10 minutes – Pupils act out or draw the action verbs.

(Guessing game). Rolled up paper.

Watching – Crying – Driving – Listening – Cooking – Sleeping – Running – Sweeping – Mopping - Shouting – Camping – Swinging – Snoring – Laughing – Whispering – Building – Singing – Praying.

Write 3 sentences that have a noun, verb and adjective. Ask the strongest i if they can tell the group what's a noun, verb and adjective. Ask the others to repeat the same and read each sentence individually.

Ask the kids to make up 5 sentences using words from the hand outs. Including any noun, then try to act out their sentence at the front. (using strongest student 1st). The others guess the keywords and make the sentence.

Did any student use an adverb?

Ask the pupils to make up their own sentences and then write it on the black board. Ask them to say the keywords stronger in the sentence, giving more rhythm.

Cooler 10 minutes – Name ten verbs each and write on the board.

Ask if there are any questions? Suggest they review their work at home.


Appearance Adjectives. 


Condition Adjectives. 


When.        Adverbs.  

A: After, afterwards, annually    B: Before

Time.     Adverbs.
D: Daily.                N: Never, now.
S: Soon, still.            T: Then, today, tomorrow.
W: Weekly, when.        Y: Yesterday.

Where.    Adverbs.

A: Abroad, anywhere, away.    E: Everywhere.
H: Here, home.            I: In, inside.
O: Out, outside.            S: Somewhere.
T: There.                U: Underground, upstairs.

To what extent.        Adverbs.

E: Extremely.       N: Not.
Q: Quite.          R: Rather, really.
T: Terribly, too.        V: Very.

How.      Adverbs.

A: Absentmindedly, adoringly, awkwardly.   

B: Beautifully, briskly, brutally.
C: Carefully, cheerfully, competitively.       

E: Eagerly, effortlessly extravagantly.
G: Girlishly, gracefully, grimly.   

H: Happily, half-heartedly, hungrily. 
L: Lazily, lifelessly, loyally.     

Q: Quickly, quietly, quizzically.
R: Really, recklessly, remorsefully, ruthlessly.   

S: Savagely, sloppily, so, stylishly.
U: Unevenly, urgently.     W: well, wishfully, worriedly.

Watching.                       Crying. 

Driving.                           Listening. 

Snoring.                          Sleeping. 

Running.                         Sweeping. 

Mopping.                         Shouting. 

Camping.                         Swinging. 

Jumping.                         Laughing. 

Whispering.                     Building. 

Singing.                           Praying.

TESOL Thailand. ESL Intermediate lesson.

TESOL Thailand. Vocabulary reading Test. ESL Intermediate Lesson.

They're many options for accommodation when you are on vacation. Most people stay in hotels; these can be cheap or expensive. They usually have several floors, a restaurant and sometimes a swimming pool. A motel is like a cheap hotel, usually with only one or two floors. You park your car in front of your room. 

Or stay in a bed and breakfast. Often small, quaint and cozy places that offer a place to sleep and breakfast in the morning. 

Budget travelers may choose to stay in hostels; these go cheaper than other types of accommodation because they offer few amenities. In European cities especially, budget hostels are a dime a dozen; you will often see several hostels on the same street. Hostels are ideal for young backpackers, who stay in dorm beds in a room with several other travelers. A fraction of the cost of a hotel room.

Book a room online, via telephone, or you show up in person and try your luck. However, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and check to see if there's any vacancies. That way, you waste less time and spend more time sightseeing! 


Options - choices.
Accommodation – places to stay (on vacation, for example).
Motel/hotel/bed and breakfast/hostel – different types of accommodation.
Quaint – charming and cute (and a little old or traditional).
Cozy - comfortable. 
Offer – to provide, to make available, to give. 
Individual – a single person or a single thing. 
Budget (n.)  - a plan for using an amount of money (adj.) – inexpensive; good for a limited budget.
Amenities – extra things that make you more comfortable, amenities include a TV, pool, exercise room, etc.).
Backpackers – people (usually young people). Travel a long distance with only a large backpack.
Dorm – a room with beds for several people
Fraction – a number that's less than 1 (for example: ½, ¾); a small part.
Via – using (you communicate via phone, email, or letter; you travel via car, plane, or boat).
Call ahead – to call before you arrive.
Vacancies – rooms (in a hotel, for example) they're not full.
Sightseeing – to visit interesting places and take pictures. When on vacation.

ESL Intermediate Lesson.
TESOL Thailand.

Fill in the blanks with a vocabulary word in the box below.
Options, accommodation, cozy.
Offer, individual, budget.
Dorm, fraction, via.
vacancy, sightseeing, quaint.

1. We bought a small, old-fashioned house in a _____________ little village.

2. Hmmm. . . . I don’t want a single bed, but a double king size bed might be too big. Are there any other _______________?

3. Buy a used car for a _______________ of the cost of a new one!

4. My brother is a college student. He lives in a _____________.

5. If you want to go to the Olympics, you should book your __________ early.

6. I don’t want to buy six cans of soda. I just want an________ can?

7. _________ airlines are often cheaper.

8. The waiter will______________ you a free glass of wine.

9. My parents like to go _______________ when they go on vacation.

10. You can travel to the island __________ boat or plane.

11. That sofa looks really soft and _______________.

12. Look! The sign says “____________!” We can stay in that hotel!

ESL Intermediate lessons.

TESOL Thailand. Koh Phangan. 







Website Builder