New ESL Speaking Activities Release Intermediate

Four new Speaking Lessons for your Intermediate students.

As summer approaches fast for many of us, students often want less intensive lessons. The more the sun shines, the less students are inclined to undertake a new grammar point. As the teacher, you might find yourself needing mostly lessons that promote fluency rather than introducing new quirks of the English language… so here’s our new ESL Speaking Activities release! These four new Speaking Activities are designed to keep motivation high as summer vacation approaches.
Also, if your students are thinking more about vacation than their language skills, don’t forget to check out our 11 lessons about going on vacation, containing plenty of vocabulary, task, and role play activities.

S316 – At the Opera

English contains a large number of loanwords, and perhaps none more than from French and Italian. If you want to talk about the arts, from painting and sculpture to music and opera, you’ll need to know a little jargon. This lesson looks at the magic of opera and will be a great introduction to dealing with loanwords in English. This lesson complements our lesson about the theater, since plays and opera works sometimes share the same physical space.
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S317 – At the Library

All students need to be familiar with the library and how it works. This lesson makes a nice follow-up to Books and Reading. Here we take a deeper look at the role of the library and that of librarians. Today, libraries are changing and meeting new needs of a community, and we reflect this in the lesson. You can practice the role of customer and librarian to make sure your students know how to use some of the more confusing words for English learners; lend, borrow and loan.
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S318 – Friends and Friendship

Lessons in which students can talk about themselves or other people are used the most often on Off2Class. Let’s face it, we are often talking about ourselves or those around us, so why not try this lesson that allows students to talk about the people who mean the most to them? As in other languages, there are many sayings and expressions about friends and friendship. We introduce some of the most common expressions here. Like our lesson on Idioms describing People, we’re certain that Friends and Friendship will be a popular topic with students.

S320 – At a Drugstore or Pharmacy

Depending on where you live, you’ll purchase medicine from a drugstore, pharmacy or chemist. In fact, in some countries, the range of goods available at these places is much broader than simple medication. In this lesson, we look at the difference between prescription and over-the-counter medication, and how to fill a prescription. Be prepared to add your own spin to this lesson to make it relevant to your country and culture. This lesson is a natural follow-on from A Visit to the Doctor.
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Our Speaking Lessons remain incredibly popular and so we’ll be releasing more in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, don’t forget to get in touch if you have any suggestions for a new ESL Speaking Activities release. 


  • Robert says:

    May 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Loanwords? English nothing but loan words, half is Latin, with a bit of French influence (also latin based). Refer to the months August and July, named after Roman emperors. I think English is not a language,but a collection of usages. We have some basic English nouns and verbs, but then a ton of latin ones, with the underlying Greek, etc. Then we had the Dutch invasion in 600-700 AD giving the grammar.
    Then try to fit the the Scots, Welsh, and Irish into that! (Oxford comma.. can not even agree on that!) How many tenses? That is STILL debated! WTF! If we can not agree, how can we teach this?
    We have rules, but each rule applies to different subsets.

  • Robert says:

    May 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    To be clear:
    I had a classical education,. I studied the Greek stuff in Greek. I studied the Latin stuff in Latin The way they did in in 18xx. The Catholic church mass was in Latin until 1967, Vatican II. Medicine and Law are still Latin based! Beacuse it is precise with NO ambiguity!
    Hope that helps!

  • Peter Williams says:

    May 18, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Thanks guys for your hard work, these look really useful and practical. How about a lesson on environmental issues? My students often ask for this.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      May 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Hi Peter,
      Nice to hear from you.
      I’ll put it on the list. It’s an excellent idea – Thanks

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