Prison Life

General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Past Simple, Past Perfect
Grammar, Speaking
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Prison Life | ESL Lesson Plan | English Lesson Plan for Intermetiate Students

Lesson Description

Do you know anyone who has had a run-in with the law? In this lesson, students will discuss crime and prison life. This lesson features a video that describes the difference between a Norwegian and an American prison. Students will learn and practice the simple past tense, the past perfect tense, and vocabulary relating to this topic.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss crime and prison life

  • To learn and review the simple past tense and the past perfect tense

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


The United States is responsible for 25% of all the prisoners in the world. How different are prisons in other countries? Watch this video to learn about the differences between a Norwegian prison and an American one: heated floors, living rooms, and recording studios. The differences are shocking!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

burglary [noun]: the act of illegally entering a building to steal something
theft [noun]: the crime of stealing something
thief [noun]: a person who steals something
looter [noun]: someone who steals things from shops, houses, or buildings during a riot or war
vandalism [noun]: the crime of damaging public or private property
commit [verb]: to do something wrong or illegal (crime, act of terrorism, murder)
recidivism [noun]: the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend; repeated or habitual offenses
punitive [adjective]: involving a punishment
inmate [noun]: a person kept in a prison
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