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

Instruction and Activity

Accent Preview

  • Post the pieces of chart paper around the room. Explain to students that they are going to travel to the different pieces of chart paper. Tell them that they are going to pretend that they are traveling around the world to different places where English is spoken, but in different accents. Ask students to repeat the word 'accent.'
  • In their travels to the different pieces of chart paper, they will pretend that they are traveling to those different places who speak with different accents.
  • Distribute copies of blank world maps, clipboards and crayons to students.
  • Complete this process:
  1. At the first piece of chart paper, write the word 'Southern.' Say the word aloud. Ask students to repeat.
  2. Shade in the Southern region of the United States on the map. Label it as 'Southern.' Students will do the same on their clipboards.
  3. Play the audio clip of the Southern accent for students. Ask students to turn and talk about what the voice sounded like. Discuss student responses and record them on the chart paper.
  4. Ask students to turn and talk with a neighbor in their best Southern accent.
  5. Move to the next chart paper and repeat the process.

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