Nontraditional Education

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

Lesson Description

It’s time to put your thinking cap on! In this lesson, students will learn about the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and nontraditional education. This lesson features a video that discusses the schooling trend of “unschooling” in which kids can learn however and whenever they want. Students will learn and practice the use of prefixes, idioms associated with education, 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 the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and nontraditional education

  • To learn and review the use of prefixes and idioms relating to education

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


No teachers, no curriculum, no rules—the schooling trend where kids do whatever they want. Watch this video to learn what “unschooling” is and meet some of its modern practitioners.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

homeschooling [noun]: teaching children at home instead of sending them to school
intrigued [adjective]: interested in something, especially because it is unusual or unexpected
multilingual [adjective]: able to speak two or more languages
excel in something [phrase]: to be extremely good at something
curriculum [noun]: all the subjects/courses taught in a school, college, or university
resources [noun]: things, money, or assets that can be used to do something
hands-on learning [noun]: learning by physically doing something rather than only studying theory
bookworm [noun]: someone extremely keen on books and reads a lot
play hookie [verb]: to skip school; to not go to class
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