Nontraditional Education

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 17, 2021
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 Overview

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

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice the use of prefixes, which are important for understanding and forming new words related to educational styles. This includes prefixes like "un-", "multi-", and "non-", which help modify or entirely change the meaning of a root word.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video about "unschooling" and other forms of nontraditional education. They will focus on understanding the explanations and justifications provided by proponents of these educational methods.

  • Speaking: Through discussion and debate activities, students will express their opinions on traditional versus nontraditional education methods. They will use newly learned vocabulary and grammatical structures to articulate their views and respond to others' opinions.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary and phrases related to nontraditional education, such as "unschooling," "self-directed learning," and "educational autonomy." These terms will be used in activities to help students discuss and critique different educational approaches.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore how different cultures approach education. They will discuss the acceptance and challenges of nontraditional education methods in various societies, enhancing their understanding of global educational diversity.

  • Homework: Students will engage with exercises that include using prefixes to form new words, filling in blanks in sentences about education, and matching educational terms with their definitions. These tasks aim to reinforce their understanding of the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson.


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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