A Texting Hat

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I February 24, 2024
General English, Speaking Lessons
Technology, Phones
B1 Intermediate
Present Continuous
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of an ESL lesson outline focusing on phone and technology addiction, highlighting exercises for practicing the prese

Lesson Overview

It’s time to pull the plug on technology dependency! In this lesson, students will discuss phone and technology addiction and usage. This lesson features a satirical video about being addicted to your cell phone and a funny way to fix the problem. Students will learn and practice the present continuous tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will delve into the present continuous tense to discuss ongoing actions and habits related to technology use, such as "I am texting while watching TV" or "She is always checking her email."

  • Listening: They will listen to a satirical video portraying excessive phone use and identify the present continuous tense in context, noting how it is used to describe current actions.

  • Speaking: Participants will engage in discussions about their own technology use and its effects on daily life, employing the present continuous tense to articulate their current technology-related behaviors.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary relating to technology and addiction, such as "multitasking," "addicted," "notification," "scrolling," and "digital detox," will be introduced and practiced in context.

  • Cultural Awareness: The lesson may prompt students to compare attitudes toward technology in different cultures, discussing how various societies perceive and handle phone addiction.

  • Homework: Students will complete various tasks including responding to questions about their technology use, filling in blanks with the present continuous tense, choosing correct prepositional phrases related to technology, and discussing hypothetical scenarios using target vocabulary and grammar.


Ring, ring, ring, hello? Do you know someone who is addicted to texting and their phone? This video explains how a special kind of hat can apparently fix the texting problem. Find out if it actually works!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

contemplative [adjective]: expressing or involving prolonged thought
concerned [adjective]: anxious or worried
whole bunch [noun]: a lot of something
multitasking [noun]: the performance of multiple tasks at one time
settings [noun]: an app on a mobile phone that lets you customize your device to fit your preferences
swipe [verb]: to operate something (such as a function on a mobile device) by sliding one's finger while pressing against a touch screen
mute mode [noun]: a silent setting on mobile phones that disables ringtones and notifications
scroll down [phrasal verb]: to move higher or lower through text or pictures on a mobile device or computer
voicemail [noun]: a spoken message left by a caller on a voicemail system on a mobile device
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