Coffee Addiction

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa | November 21, 2024
General English
Habits, Health
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar, Idioms
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Lesson plan on modern addictions and habits with coffee video, vocabulary exercises, and conversation questions for adults and teens.

Lesson Overview

Wake up and smell the coffee! In this lesson, students will discuss modern addictions, habits and preferences people have. The lesson features a video about a surprising fact regarding coffee drinking and some advice that could help you in the morning. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging conversation questions and worksheets that have been developed for adults teens.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a discussion about the effects of coffee and modern habits on our lives. They'll understand why sometimes waiting to have coffee can be beneficial and how habits can turn into addictions.

  • Speaking: Students will share their own experiences and opinions about coffee, modern addictions, and morning routines. This will help them practice expressing themselves more clearly in English.

  • Vocabulary: This part of the lesson introduces new words and expressions related to habits, addictions, and everyday routines. Examples include "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," "gullet," "cortisol," "adrenaline," and "addicted." Learning these words will help students talk about habits and health more effectively.

  • Homework: The homework tasks encourage students to observe their own morning routines and identify any habits they might want to change. They'll practice using the new vocabulary and expressions in sentences about their own lives, which will help them remember these words and how to use them.


Are you a coffee person? What makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning? Watch this video to learn a surprising fact about coffee and some advice that could help you in the morning.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

wake up and smell the coffee [idiom]: become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant
fair trade [noun]: a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices
addiction [noun]: the fact or condition of being dependent on a particular substance, thing, or activity
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed [idiom]: happy and full of energy
gullet [noun]: throat or esophagus
miserable [adjective]: unhappy, depressed, or uncomfortable
nudge [verb]: gently touch or poke (someone)
out of habit [prepositional phrase]: indicates that one is doing something because of a habit
break oneself free of something [idiom]: to stop being affected by something that limits what one can do
hooked on [idiom]: very interested and enthusiastic about (something)
turn into [phrasal verb]: become or develop
dependent on [phrasal verb]: to need (someone or something) in order to succeed or be able to survive
adrenaline [noun]: (figuratively) suggests a drug that provides something with a jolt of useful energy and stimulation
cup of joe [noun phrase]: cup of coffee
coffee person [noun phrase]: a person that prefers coffee over other drinks
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