ESL Airport Lesson Plan

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

This lesson plan is designed to equip English as a Second Language learners with phrases and vocabulary related to airports through the use of individual and group activities.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Use airport vocabulary and phrases accurately and effectively
  • Explain different types of airport related interactions
  • Demonstrate how to communicate requests and complaints


30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4

Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

Key Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Airport/Terminal/Gate/Ground transportation
  • Agent/Stewardess/Pilot
  • Ticket/Boarding pass/Aisle/Seat/Window
  • Economy/Business class/First class
  • Passport/ID/Suitcase/Carry-on/Security
  • I'd like to request _____.
  • Please fasten your seatbelts.
  • Our arrival time is _____


  • Students will need paper and pens.
  • You will also need photocopies of ID's, boarding passes, and index cards. (An Internet image search should yield a few usable results.)
  • A blackboard and chalk.


Airport Exchange

  • To prepare for this activity, write the following scenarios on index cards.
    • A family is running late for a flight and must convince the gate attendant to let them through.
    • A security officer wants to search a passengers' luggage.
    • A pilot trying to calm down passengers angry because of a long takeoff delay.
    • A flight attendant serving food and drinks to passengers.
  • Divide the class into teams and give one card to each team.
  • Give teams a few minutes to create dialogue and practice the scenario on their card.
  • When the teams are prepared, have each group present their scenario to the class.
  • Be sure to review any new vocabulary and phrases the teams use.

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