A Texting Hat

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 Description

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 learn and practice the present continuous tense to talk about ongoing actions related to technology use.

Listening: They'll listen to a satirical video on phone addiction, focusing on present continuous tense usage.

Speaking: Students will discuss technology addiction and its impacts, using the present continuous tense to describe current habits.

Vocabulary: Terms related to technology, phones, and addiction will be used and practiced.

Homework: Tasks involve answering questions about technology use, filling in blanks with present continuous verbs, choosing the correct form of verbs, and selecting the right prepositions and phrases related to technology addiction.


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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