Extreme Minimalist

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Countable Nouns, Unountable Nouns, Plural Nouns
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students discussing minimalism and basic living in an English online class, practicing countable and uncountable nouns.

Lesson Overview

Less is more! In this lesson, students will learn about minimalism and living only with the basic necessities. This lesson features a video of a man who got rid of almost everything he owns and lives with just 47 items. Students will learn and practice countable and uncountable nouns and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes discussion activities and fun tasks for adults and teenagers

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will differentiate between countable and uncountable nouns, focusing on how to use phrases like "a piece of" and "an item of" to modify uncountable nouns to express quantity in countable terms. They will practice using these structures in various contexts, reinforcing their grammar skills through activities and exercises provided in the lesson.

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video featuring a minimalist living with only 47 items. They will listen for specific details about the items he owns and his lifestyle choices, enhancing their ability to understand spoken English in a real-life context.

  • Speaking: Participants will develop their speaking skills by engaging in discussions and role-play activities related to minimalism and lifestyle choices. They will use vocabulary and grammatical structures from the lesson to express their opinions, ask questions, and discuss the concept of minimalism with peers.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary related to minimalism, such as "possessions," or "minimalist." Students will learn these terms in the context of the minimalist lifestyle depicted in the video and use them in sentences and discussion to solidify their understanding.

  • Homework: Students will complete various tasks that reinforce the lesson's content, such as transforming phrases from uncountable to countable and filling in blanks with grammatical structures related to quantity (e.g., "a little," "a few"). This will help them apply what they have learned in a practical way, ensuring retention and understanding of the material.


How many possessions do you own? Would you ever consider living out of a backpack? Watch this video about an extreme minimalist who is currently living and traveling with only 47 possessions. Over the past 10 years, he has transformed his life by downsizing all of his stuff and getting rid of his bank account, his car, and many other things in order to live the way he feels is serving his purpose.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

on purpose [adverb]: not accidentally, intentionally
in alignment with [phrase]: in harmony with something
to your name [phrase]: if you have little to your name it means that you own little
question [verb]: to express your doubt in the truth or value of something
purposeful [adjective]: determined; indicating that you know what you want to achieve; not random
fluctuate [verb]: to change frequently
biodegradable [adjective]: that can break down or decay naturally and can be thrown away without causing any harm to the environment
to-go meal [noun]: take-out meal; a meal bought at a store or restaurant and taken and eaten somewhere else
multipurpose [adjective]: having many different functions; serving many different purposes
tea strainer [noun]: a tool that is used to collect the tea leaves when tea is poured through it into a cup; a kind of a small sieve
recycle [verb]: to make materials and products ready to be used again through a special industrial process
essential [adjective]: needed, or necessary
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