Crazy Laws

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 07, 2020
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Illustration of an English Lesson Plan: Strange Laws Around the World.

Lesson Overview

Don’t get caught red-handed! In this lesson, students will learn about crazy laws in different countries. This lesson features a video that discusses strange laws in the United States. Students will learn and practice modals of permission and obligation and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice modals of permission and obligation, enhancing their understanding of how to express permissions, obligations, and prohibitions in English.

  • Listening: They will listen to a video discussing unusual laws in various places, improving their ability to comprehend and analyze the usage of modals in real-life contexts.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about strange laws they know or have heard about, using modals of permission and obligation to express legality and requirements.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to laws and regulations, focusing on terms and expressions that describe legal permissions, obligations, and some peculiar laws.

  • Homework: Tasks include multiple-choice questions to test comprehension, sentence completion exercises using the correct modals, and comparing sentences to identify similar or different meanings, aiming to reinforce the understanding of modals of permission and obligation and vocabulary​​​​ used in the lesson.


Laws can be understandable and educational or downright peculiar. Do you keep your donkey in your bathtub or live in a dog kennel? Don’t forget to ask the lifeguard if you can play Frisbee! Watch this video to learn about some of the strangest laws that exist in the U.S.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

quirky [adjective]: bizzare, unusual
bathtub [noun]: container used for bathing
railway [noun]: a track made of steel rails along which trains run; a railroad
derail [verb]: when a train leaves the railway tracks accidentally
unattended [adjective]: not watched over
confusion [noun]: lack of understanding; uncertainty
beware [verb]: to be cautious or wary of; to be on guard
kennel [noun]: a small house or shelter for a dog or cat
require [verb]: to need or demand something
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