Human Google

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Verb Patterns
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an online English class, exploring alternative learning methods, practicing verb patterns, and asking questions.

Lesson Description

Can I pick your brain? In this lesson, students will learn about an alternative way of learning new information. This lesson features a video about a place you can call to ask any question you may have, no matter how silly. Students will learn and practice verb patterns, asking questions, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about an alternative way of learning new information

  • To learn and review verb patterns and asking questions

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Need to know the color of an arctic fox's eyes? Ever wonder if there are full moons every night in Acapulco? What is a group of cats called? Watch this video to discover alternative ways of doing research and looking for answers. At the New York Public Library, you can call a librarian who will answer any researchable question you might have. The helpline has been around for over 40 years, and to this day, receives more than 30,000 calls a year. Well, if Google isn't your thing, these librarians have got your answer.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

clowder [noun]: a group of cats
reach out to somebody [phrasal verb]: to communicate with someone, especially by using a phone, or sending them an email
tame [verb]: to make a wild animal less fierce and more obedient
oftentimes [adverb]: an many occasions
serrated [adjective]: having a row of sharp points along the edge
library [noun]: a building where books, newspapers, videos, or music are stored and made available for people to use or borrow
be (of) no use [phrase]: be useless, not helpful
threaten [verb]: promise to hurt somebody, or do other harm to them
curriculum [noun]: all the courses in a school, college, or university
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