This year, you can choose between two lesson formats – Live Classes for groups or Big Live Lessons for individuals.
An interactive online experience for around 10 groups of students joining the lesson with their teacher. This type of lesson is recommended for face-to-face, in-class learning, allowing students to see and interact with each other in a live environment.
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An alternative to Live Classes, Big Live Lessons are for individual students joining the lesson on their own at home. This type of lesson is recommended for distance teaching, such as schools and students during lockdown periods.
Festivals around the world
About Lesson A
Trainer: Chloë Dennis
Students’ age: 9-12
Topic: Festivals around the world
Festivals, seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, costume, masks, smart clothes, traditional food, sweets, lanterns, float, parade, fireworks, drums, decorations, sculptures
What is your favorite festival? Let’s watch a video about a festival in Japan and talk about one in our country.
In this lesson, students will:
Lesson A toolkit
About the trainer
Chloë Dennis has been teaching English for over 14 years in France, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong and the UK. She has specialized in the teaching of children and young adults and has taught face-to-face and more recently online. She believes that motivation is key to learning so is always looking for ways to build confidence and for students to have fun while using new language.
Technobabble: how transport will change in the future
About Lesson B
Trainer: Vanessa Hartson-Walker
Topic: Technobabble: how transport will change in the future
Inventions and transport: car, plane, bus, bike, e-scooter, train, boat, motorbike, helicopter, tram, self-driving car, battery, dashboard, futuristic, engine, steer, brake, accelerate
What inventions do you know? We’re going to watch a video about how transport will change in the future.
In this lesson your students will:
Lesson B toolkit
Vanessa Hartson-Walker is Director of Kids Can, an English language school for children and teenagers in Rome, Italy. She is Cambridge YL and DELTA qualified trainer, teaching children and teenagers since 1994. Her specialist interest areas are Young Learners and Teenagers, Mindfulness, Extensive Reading, SEN, Assessment and Teaching English Online.
Sports in the Lake District
About Lesson C
Trainer: Elizabeth Beer
Students’ age: 11-13
Topic: Sports in the Lake District
Sports: mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, sailing, night swimming, skydiving, horse riding, scuba diving, ice hockey, table tennis/ping pong, outdoor/indoor sport, team, extreme, water and winter sports, wetsuit
Do your students like sports? Let’s watch a video about outdoor and extreme sports in England and also talk about our favourite sports.
Lesson C toolkit
Elizabeth Beer is from the UK and has been teaching for 15 years in countries such as Hong Kong, Vietnam and Spain. She loves teaching speaking and listening skills, and in particular teaching lively, loud and fun teenage classes.
Teaching Live Classes in 2019/2020, she has proved to bring a lot of positive energy and motivation into the classroom.
Adventures of a lifetime
About Lesson D
Trainer: Harry Waters
Students’ age: 12-16
Topic: Adventures of a lifetime
Travel, adventure activities: luxury/budget holiday, abroad, tourist, host(s), landscapes, unique, take it easy, a rough ride, guide, snowmobile, jet skiing, get the idea
Would you like to go on an Adventure Holiday? We’re going to look at and talk about two very different types of adventure holiday and decide which one we prefer. We’ll also discuss other types of holidays.
In this lesson students will:
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Harry Waters has worked in private language academies and schools in Argentina, Brazil, China, Vietnam, Australia, Spain and the UK. His primary focus has been language development among teenagers. His classes have a focus on learning through fun and developing language with games and video. He has a keen interest in pronunciation, for which he has given talks across Spain, and recently bringing the online classroom to life.
About Lesson E
Trainer: Michael Brand
Topic: Street art
Graffiti: Street art, a tag, canvas, stencil, mural, mess, paint over, get rid, degrades the neighborhood, piece/form of art
When does graffiti become street art? Should it be admired or removed? Let’s look at both sides of the debate and learn about the world’s most famous graffiti artist.
Lesson E toolkit
Michael Brand is a passionate linguist; he studied French and German at Durham University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages. Having taught in England and Spain, he has experience in the public, private and state-assisted sectors and has taught young learners, teens and adults. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT and his interests include collaborative learning and the creative use of video.
Michael has been involved in developing Pearson and BBC Live Classes, and continues to be a leading trainer in the project.
About Lesson F
Students’ age: 15-17
Topic: Young entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs: found/start/run a company/business, to have in common, networking, endorse, tag on social media, think big, get along, personal connection
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur at a young age? How do young entrepreneurs network and use social media and influencers to help them? Let’s learn the tricks of the trade!
In this lesson students will
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The high cost of a university education
About Lesson G
Trainer: Dan Shepherd
Students’ age: 16-19
Topic: The high cost of a university education
Education, finances: maintenance loan, tuition fees, to cover costs, student loans, financial assistance/support, deprived areas, to earn above a threshold
Should higher education be free for everyone? Let’s look at the high cost of university and discuss the different ways students can save money.
Lesson G toolkit
Dan Shepherd has worked in ELT since 2010. Before starting his own education content agency, Hubbub Labs, he worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager. He is also an examiner, team leader and conference presenter.
About Lesson H
Topic: London Zoo
Animals: giraffe, penguin, tiger, tortoise, monkey, millipede, stick insect. Adjectives: tall, funny, fast, slow, strange, long, big, interesting, green. Daily routines: wake up, have breakfast, play, ball, toy, swimming. Parts of an animal: head, body, tail, leg, feet, paw, flipper.
Everybody loves animals! Come and find out more information about animals at London’s famous Zoo.
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About Lesson I
Topic: Unusual school
Nationalities, languages, countries, numbers, students, children, teachers, playground, together, work, learn.
All schools have students and teachers, most have a playground and a canteen, but no two schools are the same.
Lesson I toolkit
Do smartphones make you smarter?
About Lesson J
Students’ age: 11-15
Topic: Do smartphones make you smarter?
Technology: screens, smartphones, memes, the internet, hyperlinks, connected, virtual, download.
Teenagers and technology: a match made in heaven? Let’s look at the pros and cons of being connected.
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Engaging with nature
About Lesson K
Students’ age: 15-19
Topic: Engaging with nature
Pre-teaching: the equator, cable car, power cut, rescue procedure, tree house, the treetops, rope. Describing location: be situated/ located/ found somewhere, 3 hours…drive/ walk/flight/ by road/… from, in the middle of nowhere, deep in the forest/jungle, high in the mountains, …off the coast of… etc.
The opportunity to engage with nature is a privilege and a joy, but we must strive to do so with care and respect. Explore a unique way of discovering plant and animal life and discuss the benefits of exploring the natural world.
Lesson K toolkit