Advanced Learner Speaking Activities – ESL Lesson Content

Our most recent Advanced Learner Speaking Activities have been so heavily used by Off2Class teachers that we decided to release a few more for this proficiency level.

These Advanced Learner Speaking Activities include warm-ups to get your students thinking about the topic, whether it be via images, some short statements, or a small reading activity.
Then it’s onward to plenty of opinions and points of view to make sure your Advanced students get the speaking practice that they need.
Three of the five lessons released here were suggested by our teacher community. So thank you for your continued feedback, as it helps us to organize our priorities, and hopefully to keep you happy!
Here are five lessons that we think both you and your students will enjoy.

S518 – Saint Patrick’s Day

The Irish have long celebrated and been celebrated around the world. With the world’s largest diaspora, Irish cultural influence has always punched above its weight. A small country by both size and population, there are few which have helped develop the culture of the modern United States as Ireland. And Saint Patrick’s is – of course – a day for Irish celebration!

S519 – Cyberbullying

This lesson will be of interest to anyone aged 25 or under. There’s the noisy bullying in the playground and there’s the silent, faceless bullying that occurs with increasing regularity across social media. How can we deal with cyberbullying? Better still, what can we do to prevent it?

S520 – Stonehenge and Paganism

Stonehenge is one of the most recognized – and visited – monuments in all of Britain. Yet despite the intense archeological interest that this Bronze Age site has attracted, no-one understands with clarity the full purpose of this enigmatic group of stones.

S521 – Baby Boomers

We recently released a lesson on the Millennials and received a lot of feedback on it. Thus it seems natural to present you with an opportunity to talk about that other large (larger-than-life?) generation – the Baby Boomers. As always, inter-generational discussion and arguments make for an interesting lesson.

S522 – Truth and Lies

English has plenty of vocabulary for the many lies and falsifications that we tell. Besides, isn’t it better to lie sometimes than tell the truth always? We lie to children all the time, so why does it become such a no-no when we do it to adults? And of course, we’ve all told little white lies to avoid hurting people who we care about… haven’t we?

As with all of our Advanced Learner Speaking Activities, we advise you to be culturally sensitive when using these lessons.

Feel free to leave feedback for us below!


  • toni says:

    March 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    It should be ‘the truth will come out’.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      March 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      No, it shouldn’t!
      This is one of the most famous lines ever spoken by one of Shakespeare’s characters!
      Lancelot from The Merchant of Venice says:
      Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of
      the knowing me: it is a wise father that knows his
      own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of
      your son: give me your blessing: truth will come
      to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son
      may, but at the length truth will out. (2.2.69-74)

  • toni says:

    March 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    True, but I have never heard that idiom in American English.

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      March 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Sounds like a great title for a blog post (American vs. UK english!). Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian but I’ve always ignored the distinction. The reality is that with globalization and the Internet/YouTube, your students need to be armed with as many English constructions as possible as they are going to come into contact with all forms.

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