Overcoming Obstacles

Stefanie Simmons - reviewer of the lesson   Stefanie | 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

  • Listening: Students will watch and listen to a video featuring a woman discussing strategies to overcome challenges. They will answer comprehension questions to identify her approach, improving their listening comprehension through understanding how she speaks about curiosity, courage, and support in facing obstacles.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions and role-play activities about overcoming obstacles. They will answer questions about different situations, sharing their personal opinions on how to tackle various challenges and discussing Ron's business scenario, offering practical solutions and strategies to succeed.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces terms related to overcoming obstacles, such as "stumbling block," "hurdle," "impediment," and "hindrance." Students will practice filling in blanks, correcting errors, and answering questions about these terms to understand their nuances and usage.

  • Homework: Students will complete exercises to reinforce vocabulary related to overcoming obstacles, choosing the correct words in context and filling in blanks. They'll also correct grammatical errors in sentences to practice proper usage of terms like "hurdle," "impede," and "paralyzed."


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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