General Lesson Plan

Target students: 14-16 years old, secondary students with a pre-intermediate level of English.


Socio - Cultural objectives:

To learn about American

- history and geography

- civilization and culture

-current way of life

Content topics in relation to these objectives will be: the constitution, civil rights, religion, races variety, native American, immigration, education, media, market, leisure time, etc.


- To revise and learn new vocabulary related to daily life and culture (i.e. places, actions, etc.) and to the topics mentioned above. (listening & reading)

- To learn some everyday expressions and language functions. (listening & reading)

- To practise some of the expression learnt (speaking)

- To write short texts and dialogues (writing)


- To learn how to work autonomously

- To acquire group interaction skills

- To practise high level thinking skills (e.g. analysis, comparison, synthesis, etc.)


Each unit will take at least 2 sessions depending on the difficulty of the activities and on the specific purposes of it.


The methodology will be interactive and will benefit from the use of web resources. There will be activities to be done individually and in group of 2 or more. Autonomous and self-learning approaches will be promoted as well.


1. Activating background knowledge: There will usually be an introductory activity that will make students aware of what they already know about the topics and of what they may expect to learn. This introductory activity may consist of reading some information, answering a quiz or a survey, discussing in pairs or groups, etc.

2. Developing knowledge:

At this stage students will mostly do watching and reading activities some of them are described below:

- Students watch the episodes and work with one or more parts of the video.

- They work with part of the script from a linguistic o non-linguistic target.

- They complete or answer vocabulary quizzes (match, gaps, multiple choice, etc.)

- They reflect on the use of language by means of the videos and script.

- They discuss upon the topic in different ways: comprehension, comparison, contrast, etc.

3. Using the knowledge:

This third stage will comprise more open tasks; students will have to use part of their learning to complete some more activities. Among these we can suggest the following ones depending on the linguistic and non-linguistic content of the episode/s we use:

quizzes to revise what they have learnt
- further research on one topic (i.e. treasure hunt or webtask, email exchange)
- further readings

The previous steps will include previewing- viewing and post-viewing activities, but do not necessarily correspond to steps 1, 2 and 3.

All sort of resources will be used:
- The Simpsons videos
- The Simpsons cartoons
- List of vocabulary and expressions
- Surveys,
- Quizzes
- Scripts and comments