You can choose between two lesson formats – Live Classes for groups or Big Live Lessons for individuals.
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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.
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Lifebabble: Food and eating right
About Lesson A
Trainer: Vanessa Hartson-Walker
Students’ age: 9-12
Topic: Lifebabble: Food and Eating Right
Healthy and unhealthy foods, adjectives to describe food (crunchy, sweet, nutritious etc). How to give tips and advice: should/shouldn’t
Why is food important? How can we eat well? Come and join us to explore food and healthy eating. We will have the opportunity to explore eating habits across different cultures.
In this lesson, students will:
Lesson A toolkit
About the trainer
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.
The digital revolution
About Lesson B
Trainer: Elizabeth Beer
Students’ age: 12-14
Topic: The digital revolution
Nouns: The Internet, Africa, Ghana, human beings, farmers, money, electronic equipment, online, a billion, outside, The World Wide Web, crops
Verb phrases: to plug into, connection, to admire someone, to keep in touch with, to spy on someone, to become addicted to, to compete with someone, to earn, to feel alone
What inventions do you know? We’re going to watch a video about how transport will change in the future.
Lesson B 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.
About Lesson C
Trainer: Michael Brand
Students’ age: 14-16
Topic: Celebrating languages
Culture, identity, connected, traditions, proud, foreign, second, world, regional, language
English is becoming more and more important for education, communication and work. But keeping local languages alive is important if we want local communities and their traditions to survive too.
Come along to this lesson to learn about languages that exist alongside English in different countries...and be ready to teach a bit of your mother tongue too!
Lesson C 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.
Social media: Creativity vs anxiety
About Lesson D
Trainer: Harry Waters
Students’ age: 16-19
Topic: Social media: Creativity vs anxiety
Mental well-being, anxiety, adverse effects, dependent on, addicted to, transfixed, beneficial to
Is social media killing creativity? What are some of the downsides to social media? Is it having a negative effect on our mental health?
Come and talk about the effects of social media, both good and bad, on our mental health and creativity. Share with students across the globe how social media has had an impact on your life and some of the strategies you use to cope without it.
Lesson D toolkit
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.
Festivals around the world
About Lesson E
Trainer: Chloë Dennis
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.
Lesson E toolkit
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.
Sports in the Lake District
About Lesson F
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.
In this lesson your students will:
Lesson F toolkit
Do smartphones make you smarter?
About Lesson G
Trainer: Michael Brand
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.
In this lesson students will:
Lesson G toolkit
About Lesson H
Students’ age: 12-16
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 H toolkit
The high cost of a university education
About Lesson I
Trainer: Dan Shepherd
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 I 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 the lesson
Trainer: Harry Waters
Students’ age: 13-16
Topic: Sustainability: Carbon Footprint
Consumption, fossil fuels, minimize, climate change, renewable energy, zero emissions, raise awareness, lower emissions
What is a carbon footprint? What causes it? How can we make changes to reduce it. Let’s have a look at what we can do to make a difference on a small and large scale.
Topic: Sustainability: Plastic and Litter
Single-use plastic, litter, landfill, microplastics, upcycle, litter pick, reduce plastic production, SDG 12, 13, 14, 15
The planet seems to be full of plastic. Everywhere we look there seems to be litter on the floor. What can be done to stop the plastic pandemic? Let’s talk about the good and bad things about plastic and see what we can do to stop single-use plastics (SUP).
Topic: Sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Refuse, repair, rethink, borrow shop (swap shop), visible repair, replant, research, redo, SDG 12, 13, 14, 15, modify our behaviour
The R sustainability R’s are often seen as the answer to the Climate Crisis. But is that really the case. What steps can we take to make sure these aren’t the only 3 R’s we think about when it comes to helping the planet?
Topic: Sustainability: Water Waste
Flood, drought, leak, sea levels, sewage, wastage, SDG 1, 6, think outside the box
71% of the planet is water but only 1% of that is fit to drink. What can we do to make sure every precious drop is drunk and not wasted to excess watering of cotton or the over production of animal products? Let’s look at some of the ways we waste water and some of the ways we can reduce that.
Topic: Sustainability: Deforestation
Agriculture, Logging, Palm Oil, expansion, habitat, indigenous, mining, demand action
Trainer: Chloë Dennis
Topic: Christmas food and symbols around the world
Christmas tree, party hat, Christmas stocking, bauble, fairy lights, present, tinsel, turkey, mince pies, Christmas pudding, carol, carol singers, give a hug, visit family, send Christmas cards, biscuits
The school term is coming to an end and holidays are approaching. Are you feeling Chritsmassy? You will after this lesson!
Mince pies, Christmas pudding, egg nogg, cracker, holly, give and receive presents