ESL Dreams Discussion 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.

Through activities in this lesson plan, your English Language Learners will listen to and discuss a recorded interview about the meaning of dreams and whether dreams can be influenced by eating cheese. The activity will culminate with a survey.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Discuss information in a recorded interview.
  • Use context clues to determine the meaning of vocabulary terms.
  • State their opinions about dreams and dream interpretation.
  • State their opinions about the interview they read.
  • Identify and understand vocabulary.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 6-8.1

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

ELP 6-8.2

ELLs will participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience or reader comments and questions.

ELP 6-8.5

ELLs will conduct research and evaluate and communicate findings to answer questions or solve problems.

ELP 6-8.8

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

Materials Needed

  • Transcript of NPR interview: 'Study: Eating Cheese Can Alter Your Dreams' (1 per student)
  • Computer with audio capabilities
  • Audio file (from NPR website): 'Study: Eating Cheese Can Alter Your Dreams'


  • Dream
  • Interpretation
  • Nightmare
  • Tryptophan
  • Types of Cheese
    • Blue Stilton
    • Cheddar
    • Cheshire
    • Lancashire
    • Red Leicester
  • Survey
  • Transcript
  • Vegetarian
  • Wacky

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