A1 beginner English lesson plan for ESL teachers

A1 beginner English lesson plan for ESL teachers
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Lesson goals: At the end of this lesson students will learn how to form and when to use Gerund (the -ing form of the verb). They will be able to talk about education, studying and different classroom activities. Also, students will learn important English vocabulary about studying and subjects at school suitable for this level.

Target English Grammar: Gerund (the -ing form of the verb)

Target Vocabulary: Education and studying

The Answer Sheet is available for download below.

Please note, this is not the complete lesson plan. (You are free to use it, and modify it to your needs, of course 🙂 ) But if you are interested in getting the full lesson plan, which includes more exercises and activities, as well as the audio file for the listening and fill-in-the-blanks exercise, click here.


1. Listen to the text and fill in the blanks.

My …………… teacher keeps saying that history is very ……………, because it teaches us not to make the same …………… again. I …………… asking her once how …………… does that, and she …………… that it tells us what we did ……………, so we don’t do it …………….

2. Mark the statements T for true, F for false:

  1. The history teacher keeps saying that history is not important.
  2. The teacher explained that history tells us what we did wrong.
  3. The history teacher said that we can make the same mistakes again.
  4. The student says that history is very important.
  • Grammar Box:

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  • GERUND is the -ing form of the verb | verb+ing =gerund
How to form it?
  • teach + ing + teaching
  • talk + ing + talking
When to use it?
  • after some verbs (begin, enjoy, keep, etc.)
  • instead of a noun

He began teaching when he was 31.
He keeps talking about his favorite teacher
Studying English is important.

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1. Form gerund from the verbs in brackets.


The physics teacher began (to write) on the board. – The physics teacher began writing on the board.

  1. You should practice (to speak) English more often.
  2. The teacher missed (to work) with children.
  3. (To study) hard is important.
  4. (To exercise) can help you get better.

2. Match the verbs with their gerund.

1. teach A) failing
2. fail B) doing
3. study C) teaching
4. do D) studying

3. Underline the correct answer.

  1. Sally is interested in (study, pass, teaching) math.
  2. Donald keeps (writing, speaking, work) on the board.
  3. (Studying, talking, test) languages is difficult.
  4. Mary dreams about (becoming, be, try) a head teacher.


Role Play: Student A is a history teacher marking tests. Student B is a student. Make a dialogue.

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