ESL Accents Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ESL students will be exposed and learn about a variety of different accents. Through tasks that involve speaking and listening, the students will get practice identifying different accents.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a variety of accents when listening.
  • Speak in a variety of accents.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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


  • Accent
  • Southern
  • Midwestern
  • Bostonian
  • New York
  • Irish
  • British
  • Scottish
  • Canadian
  • Australian


  • Blank copies of world maps
  • Short audio clips of people speaking in the different accents in the vocabulary section
  • Chart paper with a world map glued to it
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Clipboards, one per student
  • Several sets of index cards with vocabulary words written on it
  • Timer

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