Changing Your DNA

General English, Speaking Lessons
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Changing Your DNA”

Lesson Description

What’s baked into your DNA? In this lesson, students will learn about medical advancements relating to DNA and the advantages and possible disadvantages that are associated with trying to alter it. This lesson features a video that discusses genome editing and a tool called CRISPR. Students will learn and practice making predictions 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

  • To learn about medical advancements relating to DNA and genome editing

  • To learn and practice making predictions

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Have you ever wanted to change your eye color or cure cancer? CRISPR is a revolutionary gene-editing technology that can change a person’s genetic makeup. Watch this video that details what CRISPR can do to improve or even save lives.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

biomedical [adjective]: relating to and combining both biology and medicine
enable [verb]: to make something possible
genome [noun]: all the genes in an organism
instruction manual [noun]: practical instructions (usually in the form of a book) on how to do or use something
blow somebody’s mind [idiom]: affect someone very strongly; to impress, confuse, or overwhelm someone
severe [adjective]: causing great pain, difficulty, or damage
molecular [adjective]: relating to molecules, the smallest and simplest units of a substance
determine [verb]: to find something out; to make facts or information certain
lab [noun]: short for laboratory
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