Beginner ESL Conversation Group Lessons 

Lesson 1  Students will: introduce themselves and each other; answer questions about basic information (name, address, phone number, native country); use the alphabet and numbers to count items and to provide addresses and telephone numbers; use singular pronouns.

Lesson 2  Students will: study vocabulary relating to clocks and calendars; study cardinal and ordinal numbers; read analog and digital clocks, personal schedules, and bus/train schedules; read and say times and dates; discuss daily schedules and activities; discuss dates of important events.

Lesson 3 Students will: read calendars and schedules; create a personal schedule; make inferences from student interviews; say dates using ordinal numbers; write dates in four different ways;  use the simple present tense.

Lesson 4 Students will: study words about families and relatives; use plural pronouns; use to be and to have; hear about the use of the articles the, a, and an; talk about family trees and their own families.

Lesson 5 Students will: study words about types of clothing, colors, and sizes; practice shopping for clothing and asking about prices; learn to pay for purchases in cash or by check; begin to use contractions.

Lesson 6 Students will: learn words about food; express food preferences; learn about supermarket layout; study how to ask about the location and prices of food items at a supermarket; study food prices and a supermarket receipt; learn to pay for groceries by credit or debit card.

Lesson 7 Students will: learn vocabulary for rooms in a house, furniture, and functions; practice prepositions (in, on, under)    review sentence structure (capital letters, periods, question marks); continue to use contractions.


Health Literacy for English Conversation Groups

This set of lessons is designed to be used wiht English Conversation Groups who are interested in discussing health and healthy living. Each unit includes enough activities for two or three group sessions. 

Healthy Eating Lesson
Healthy Eating handouts
Medicine Labels lesson
Medicine Labels handouts
Doctor's Office Lesson
Doctor's Office handouts
Student evaluation 
Pre/post student survey


Talking up a Storm: Activities for ESOL Conversation Groups

We created Talking up a Storm to help programs establish ESOL Conversation Groups. The lessons were written by experienced conversation group leaders in order to help tutors who are new to leading conversation groups get started. We also hope that some of the lessons or activities can be useful to experienced group leaders who are looking for new ideas. This curriculum consists of eight, two-hour lessons. The lessons are designed for Intermediate and Advanced ESOL students. 

Click here to download Talking up a Storm (pdf). 


Destination: U.S. Citizenship

The purpose of this mini-course is to enable students meeting the criteria to be able to pass the test and to become citizens of the United States.The mini-course consists of eight, two-hour lessons. ESOL students taking this mini-course should be at least at an Intermediate level. The course focuses on the civics, history, and vocabulary needed to pass the test and the interview. The course is designed to be used with the book Citizenship Passing the Test: Civics and Literacy.  
Click here to download the Destination: U.S. Citizenship lessons

Click here to download the Destination: U.S. Citizenship handouts and the N-400 application


Technology in Action: A Course in Digital Literacy

This 8-lesson, 16 hour mini-course is designed to help students practice the technology we use in everyday life- whether they use a computer, tablet, or smart phone. It is organized into three units: Communicating with People (email, evites, email security & management, calendars, texting); Using the Internet (web searches, internet security, filling out forms, finding resources); and Documenting Your Life (photo archiving & sharing, using the cloud, intro to social media). Lessons can be downloaded at:


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