Overcoming Obstacles

Tom  - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | May 23, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices, Problems
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
First page of the ESL Lesson Plan about handling obstacles

Lesson Overview

Through thick or thin! In this lesson, students will discuss the topic of overcoming obstacles. This lesson features a video of the strategies a woman uses to solve her problems. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic and talk about common situations people face and possible solutions. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of overcoming obstacles

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Do obstacles scare you? Have you learned from your past mistakes? Watch this video to learn about some tactics anyone can use to overcome difficult obstacles.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

through thick or thin [idiom]: under all circumstances, no matter how difficult; through good and bad
hurdle [noun]: a problem or difficulty that must be overcome
obstacle [noun]: a thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress
impediment [noun]: barrier or obstruction in doing something
stumbling block [noun]: a circumstance that causes difficulty or hesitation; obstacle
hardship [noun]: severe suffering or deprivation
hindrance [noun]: a thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone
computer illiteracy [noun]: a situation in which an adult does not master the digital tools that allow him/her to access information, process it and act independently in his/her daily life
inquisitiveness [noun]: tending to inquire or investigate; asking many questions
paralyzed [adjective]: unable to think or act normally, especially through panic or fear
introspective [adjective]: characterized by or given to introspection; inward-looking or self-examining
hinder [verb]: make it difficult for (someone) to do something or for (something) to happen
hamper [verb]: hinder or impede the movement or progress of
surmount [verb]: overcome (a difficulty or obstacle); conquer
tackle [verb]: make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task)
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