Banking Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan will help you teach your English language learners to complete banking-related documents, including checks, deposit slips, and account applications. Students also participate in banking-related role-playing scenarios to practice vocabulary and skills.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will

  • accurately read and complete banking-related documents
  • engage in a conversation with a banking official in a role-playing situation


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading and viewing.

  • ELP 9-12.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 9-12.3

An ELL can adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

Materials Needed

  • Gather these items from an actual bank or make/find facsimiles that look like real documents:
    • Checking account application (1 to display and 1 per student)
    • Deposit slip (1 to display and 1 per student)
    • Check (1 to display and 1 per student)
    • Money order request (1 to display and 1 per student)
  • Banking scenario cards (see activity for examples)


Prior to this lesson, students should have learned banking-related vocabulary. These words will be used and reinforced in this lesson, but not explicitly taught:

  • Checking account
  • Savings account
  • Teller
  • ATM
  • Check
  • Checkbook
  • Debit card
  • Withdrawal
  • Deposit
  • Transaction
  • Overdraft

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