English Speaking Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students how to polish up and improve their English speaking skills. A text lesson outlines several strategies which students they put into practice with hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain why strong speaking skills are important
  • identify, name, and explain strategies to use to strengthen their English speaking skills


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3.a

Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.*

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.


  • Copies of the lesson How to Improve English Speaking Skills, one for each student
  • Index cards with conversation topic ideas, such as 'Favorite birthday party' and 'Last time I wore a costume'
  • Technology equipment that allows students to watch movies and/or television as well as programs to watch
  • Paper
  • Construction paper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Fluent
  • Conversational partner
  • Authentic


  • Before class, set up three stations for students as follows:
    • Talk station, stocked with index cards with conversation topic ideas, such as 'Favorite birthday party' and 'Last time I wore a costume.'
    • Media station with devices for students to watch television or movies as is appropriate for your students, along with paper and pencils.
    • Journal station with paper, construction paper, staplers, magazines, markers, scissors, and glue.


  • Ask students to think about a time they were in an English-speaking conversation and couldn't understand and communicate.
    • How did it make them feel?
    • What parts were difficult?
    • Where did they find success?
    • What strategies did they use?
  • Reassure students that learning a new language takes time and that you will help support them as they learn some new strategies.

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