ESL lesson plans for complete beginners | Adult course

Welcome to our collection of ESL lesson plans aimed at adult learners with little to no experience of the English language. The course aims to act as a springboard into our A1 level materials. Depending on the class size and level of your students, lessons should take between 60 and 90 minutes. Each lesson plan contains suggested warmers, board work, several low-prep classroom activities, a homework suggestion and a game.

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Unit 1: Getting started

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching a first lesson
LESSON 1
Introductions: A first lesson
Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching study skills and useful expressions
LESSON 2
Study skills and useful expressions
Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching parts of speech
LESSON 3
Parts of speech

Unit 2: New to English

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching the alphabet (Phonics) and spelling
LESSON 1
Alphabet (Phonics) and spelling
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching numbers 1-20
LESSON 2
Numbers 1-20
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching how to give an address
LESSON 3
Giving an address

Unit 3: Basic function

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching question words
LESSON 1
Question words
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching the verb to be
LESSON 2
The verb to be
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching
LESSON 3
Checking in to a hotel
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Unit 4: Family

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching family vocabulary
LESSON 1
Family vocabulary
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching have got
LESSON 2
Have got
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for describing people
LESSON 3
Describing people
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Unit 5: The supermarket

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching supermarket vocabulary
LESSON 1
Supermarket vocabulary
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching numbers 20-100
LESSON 2
Numbers 20-100
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching currency and prices
LESSON 3
Currency & prices
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Unit 6: Activities & routine

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching Daily routine and time
LESSON 1
Daily routine & time
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching the present simple
LESSON 2
The present simple
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching hobbies, likes and dislikes
LESSON 3
Hobbies, likes & dislikes
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Unit 7: Profession

Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for talking about jobs.
LESSON 1
Talking about jobs
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching present simple negative and opinions
LESSON 2
Present simple negative & opinions
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Adult beginner ESL lesson plan for teaching how to tell the time
LESSON 3
Telling the time
Low-prep ESL Lesson plans

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