People Worth Keeping in Your Life

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 18, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Discourse Markers
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Birds of a feather flock together! In this lesson, students will discuss and describe the different relationships and connections we have with various people. This lesson features a video that talks about the different people we meet and the roles they play in our lives. Students will learn and practice discourse markers and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice discourse markers, enhancing their ability to structure conversations and written texts.

  • Listening: They'll listen to descriptions of various types of people and the roles they play in our lives, focusing on understanding and identifying discourse markers.

  • Speaking: Discussions will encourage sharing personal experiences and opinions on the types of people they value in their lives and why.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary and idioms related to describing relationships, personality traits, and the impact of people on our lives will be introduced and practiced.

  • Homework: Tasks involve matching vocabulary with definitions, completing sentences with given word clues, filling in blanks with words from a box related to personal development and relationships, choosing the correct option to complete sentences, and finishing sentences with personal ideas.


You are a mix of your five closest friends. This video talks about the different people we meet and the roles they play in our lives: the ball of sunshine, the life coach, and the adventure seeker. Who is in your inner circle?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

contagious [adjective]: (of a disease) spread from one person or organism to another by direct or indirect contact
life span [noun]: the length of time for which a person or animal lives or a thing functions
immune system [noun]: a complex network of cells, tissues, organs, and the substances they make that helps the body fight infections and other diseases
outlook [noun]: a person's point of view or general attitude to life
physiological [adjective]: relating to the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts; relating to how a living organism or bodily part functions
bully [verb]: seek to harm, intimidate, or convince (someone perceived as vulnerable)
peer pressure [noun]: influence from members of one's peer group
give in to something [phrasal verb]: to finally agree to something that someone wants after first refusing
embark on [phrasal verb]: to begin a journey; to make a start
immerse [verb]: to involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest
role model [noun]: a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated
self-awareness [noun]: conscious knowledge of one's character, feelings, motives, and desires
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