How to Get a Green Card?

Stefanie Simmons - reviewer of the lesson   Stefanie | January 21, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Law, Immigration
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting adult students in an ESL lesson discussing the different aspects of immigration, including the green card process in the United States.

Lesson Overview

Are you ready to leave your country and move on to greener pastures? In this lesson, students will talk about the different aspects of immigration. They will discuss common reasons why people immigrate and the issues that may arise. This lesson features a video of someone going through the green card process. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video about the green card application process. This will help them understand how modal verbs are used in practical, real-world situations.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about immigration, enhancing their understanding and practicing new vocabulary related to this topic.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary related to immigration will be introduced, such as "green card," "immigration lawyer," "O-1 visa," and "EB1 visa." Students will practice using these terms in context to deepen their understanding of the topic.

  • Cultural Awareness: Discussions will explore the personal mpacts of immigration, encouraging students to consider both the challenges and opportunities that come with moving to a new country.

  • Homework: Homework will include tasks like matching vocabulary terms with their definitions, filling in blanks in sentences related to immigration, and using new vocabulary in short essays or discussions to reinforce learning.


The land of the free and the home of the brave! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the United States? Watch this video to learn about the process of getting a green card.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

to leave for greener pastures [idiom]: to leave your job, home, or the situation you are in for something you think will be much better
immigration [noun]: the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country
acculturation [noun]: the process of adapting to a new culture
chain migration [noun]: the process of following other migrants to a certain destination
influx of immigrants [noun]: the arrival of larger numbers of immigrants
push factor [noun]: a reason that encourages or compels a person to leave home
resettlement [noun]: the process of moving to another place
green card [noun]: (in the US) a permit allowing a foreign national to live and work permanently in the US
second nature [noun]: a characteristic or habit in someone that appears to be instinctive because that person has behaved in a particular way so often
make headway [idiom]: to move forward or make progress
hit one’s stride [idiom]: to begin to do something in a confident and effective way after starting slowly
refugee [noun]: a person that leaves their home or country to find safety, esp. during a war or for political or religious reasons
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