Online Trends

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I March 31, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Social Media, Trends
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Online Trends | English Teaching Resource for ESL Classes

Lesson Overview

Spread like wildfire! In this ESL lesson, students will discuss online trends and fads. This lesson features a video about a DIY trend on TikTok. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic and talk about the reasons for posting videos or pictures on the Internet. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will watch a video about the DIY sneaker trend on TikTok. They will hear about how a simple idea became a popular online trend. This will help them understand how trends start and grow, and also improve their ability to comprehend and analyze spoken English about current social media phenomena.

  • Speaking: In discussion activities, students will talk about their experiences with online trends. They will share their opinions on why certain ideas go viral and discuss the impact of these trends. This activity aims to improve their conversational skills in English, especially in discussing contemporary social topics.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to online trends and social media, like "viral," "trend," "DIY," and "collaborations." Students will learn how to use these terms effectively in conversations about social media, enhancing their ability to speak about modern cultural phenomena in English.

  • Homework: The homework will include exercises to apply the learned vocabulary in context, such as filling in blanks with appropriate words related to online trends, correcting errors in sentences, and creating sentences with the new vocabulary.


Are you an artist? Do you like to partake in creative hobbies? Watch this video to learn about a DIY trend that blew up TikTok!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

spread like wildfire [idiom]: spread with great speed
trend [noun]: fashion or a change in the way that people are behaving
fad [noun]: a style or a practice that becomes very popular but only for a short time
DIY [adjective]: do it yourself; relating to the activity of decorating, building, and making repairs at home by oneself rather than employing a professional
TikTok [noun]: a popular social media app that allows users to create, watch, and share videos shot on mobile devices or webcams
viral [adjective]: (of an image, video, piece of information, etc.) circulated rapidly and widely from one internet user to another
meme [noun]: an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations
keto diet [noun]: a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates (sugars) that causes the body to break down fat into molecules
canvas [noun]: a strong cloth or material used to make items such as a surface for painting
blow up [idiom]: to become famous or popular very quickly
buzz [noun]: an atmosphere of excitement and activity
fangirl [verb]: to be a very enthusiastic female fan of a band, actor, type of entertainment, product etc.
make a splash [verb phrase]: to say or do something that becomes very popular or is noticed by a lot of people
hot [adjective]: something of great interest; intriguing
sustainable fashion [noun]: a way in which brands create clothing that not only reduces the impact on the environment but is also mindful of the people who work to produce the clothes
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