Lost was an HBO smash hit about a plane which crashes onto a deserted island thousands of miles from anywhere and the world believes the plane lost. In reality, many of the passengers are still very much alive. Lost continued for many years.

This is a supplementary activity for intermediate or advanced students who want to learn a few verbs in present continuous form which they may not have come across before. Advanced level students are always eager to come across new words and this is an exciting way to teach them something different.

To run this high-level present continuous TV lesson, you'll need the first episode of Lost Season 1 of Lost S01E01 - you can download this here. 

Before class, you should print out the jigsaw puzzle containing the words on page 3. You need to arrange your students into groups of three; you should make one copy per group. Cut up the puzzle pieces using scissors or a craft knife and paper clip the pieces together. Each group of three will now have a neat bundle of puzzle pieces. Remember to shuffle up each group’s pieces before you paperclip them together! (Tip: white card is better than white paper.)
In class:
Play the first episode of Lost (season one), where the plane crashes onto a desert island and everyone is in a state of panic and shock. Groups need to watch the movie and put the puzzle pieces into a pile in the order that they see the action. When the movie clip has finished, the students should put the pieces together from left to right, then right to left, then left to right, then right to left (as shown on page 4). If they have got the order right, then the puzzle should fit neatly together.
You should play the episode from the very start until 15:16mins. You might want to play the clip twice if your students need to see it again. 
Have fun! 
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British band The Police were one of the biggest British bands from the 1980's. In probably their biggest hit Every Breath You Take, the singer talks about how he'll be watching his girlfriend's each move because he has trust issues and he is jealous. It's actually quite a dark song.

Your students will be doing a verb card matching activity in this fun and engaging ESL song lesson (the printable verb cards are in the free lesson plan found on this page). This is super good for their listening and to tune their ear to the song. Following on as an extention, the students will be making their own stanza to perform (and share on social media if they are brave enough!) This is also a perfect lesson to study simple tense verbs in a super cool way. The lesson plan is available as a free PDF download below.

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What to Do

Cut out and laminate all of the printable verb cards before class. Shuffle up the printable verb cards before you give them out.

Give one set of verb cards to each group and let the students lay out the cards on the desk or on the floor. Tell the class that you are going to play the song to them three times, but the first two times, they won’t be able to read the lyrics.
Play the song once and allow the students to try to put the verb cards in the order that they hear them in the song. Play the song again and to give them another chance to get them into the correct order.
After each group has heard the song twice, ask the class to tell you the order that the verbs came in. Give out the lyrics sheet to each group and play the song a third and final time so that students can check their answers.
Follow-up activities:
- Groups of students have to put the cards in order as they listen to the song
- Students have to say all of the verbs from memory
- Spelling test/spelling bee competition
- Stick the cards on the wall and the students have to run and touch the cards as you read them out or as they listen to them in the song
- Mime games
- Make flashcards of the verbs and play games with these flashcards
- Students write a their own new verse for the song

by Stuart Allen

Stuart Allen
Published in Song lessons

The Summer of '69 is probably one of Bryan Adams' best loved and well-known hits. Its very good to use in ESL classes as it is catchy and has nice words. The song looks back at a nicer time and the singer reminisces about when he was younger and so talks about the past.

Regular and irregular verbs pose a real problem for English language students. I teach in China and the students have difficulty with this because they don't have this rule in their own language, Chinese Mandarin. What's makes this grammar point all the more difficult is that there is no rule to the grammar point; it's just something that you have to memorize over time. Hopefully, this lesson should help them with the basics.

There are a number of ways that you could approach this lesson. One way is to put the students into small teams and write down as many irregular verbs as they can (if they have had prior knowledge of this). If they haven't, then you can start with regular past verbs and slowly introduce a few irregular verbs, so they begin to get familiar with it.

If your students are slightly older/higher level, or if your L2 is good enough, you can ask them what they know about the year of 1969. What events happened? How was life different? How did music affect popular culture then? 1969 was a great and terrible year for many reasons; you can get a lot from this chat!

Download the Summer of '69 PDF for the full lesson plan below.

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