ESL Community Service Lesson Plan

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.

The goal of this lesson plan is to provide your English Language Learners with information and vocabulary needed to become volunteers at community organizations.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand and correctly use vocabulary related to community service.
  • Explain benefits of volunteering in the community.
  • Identify potential tasks done by volunteers at each site.
  • Discuss volunteer options with classmates.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.1

ELLs will construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

ELP 9-12.7

ELLs will adapt language choices to purpose, task and audience when speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.8

ELLs will determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text

ELP 9-12.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

Vocabulary cards showing the vocabulary word and definition on one side and image on the other side


  • Church
  • Community
  • Daycare
  • Head Start
  • Historical society
  • Hospital
  • Immigrant services
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Preschool
  • Schedule
  • School
  • Shelter
  • Soup kitchen
  • Volunteer

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