A Vitamin a Day

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa I May 26, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL Teaching Resource

Lesson Overview

Chock full of vitamins! In this lesson, students will discuss the various reasons people take vitamins and supplements. This lesson features a video about the disadvantages or dangers of supplements. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the 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 explore mixed grammar structures, especially as they relate to discussing health-related topics like vitamins and supplements. They will practice forming sentences that give advice or express opinions on whether supplements are beneficial.

  • Listening: Students will watch a video where an expert shares facts and warnings about the supplement industry. They will listen for key statistics and identify examples of marketers preying on insecurities, as well as the unregulated nature of the supplement market​.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in exercises simulating discussions between health professionals and individuals seeking advice on vitamins. They'll practice giving informed opinions on why certain supplements may or may not be necessary.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and reinforce vocabulary associated with health and supplements, such as "boosters," "diet," "interact," "nutrition," "preventive," and "stimulate." Students will identify and use these terms in discussions about supplement marketing and health impacts​.

  • Homework: Students will complete exercises that involve filling in blanks with the correct form of key vocabulary words, unscrambling terms related to the lesson, and answering true/false questions.


Do you take daily vitamins or supplements? Are marketers preying on people’s insecurities? Watch this video to learn about the disadvantages and dangers of taking supplements.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

chock full [adjective]: full to the limit; filled to overflowing
supplement [noun]: a thing or product added to the diet in order to complete or enhance it
nutritional [adjective]: relating to the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth
vitamin booster [noun]: something that increases or improves your energy, focus, metabolism, and immune system
stimulant [noun]: something that makes or causes something else to grow or develop
vitamin [noun]: a nutrient that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy
dietary [adjective]: relating to your diet or the food one eats
pregnancy [noun]: the condition or period of being pregnant; having a baby grow inside a woman’s body
preventative [adjective]: designed to keep something undesirable such as illness or harm from occurring
intake [noun]: an amount of food, air, or another substance taken into the body
unregulated [adjective]: not controlled or supervised by regulations or laws
target audience [noun]: a particular group at which a product or advertisement is aimed
deficiency [noun]: a lack or shortage
measure [noun]: a plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose
prey on [phrasal verb]: exploit or bully
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