Public Surveillance

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 21, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Pronouns, Determiners, Other / Another
Grammar, Speaking, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an English as a Second Language class discussing public surveillance and safety, while practicing the use of "other" and "another."

Lesson Overview

You better sleep with one eye open! In this lesson, students will delve into topics of public surveillance and safety. The lesson features a video that sheds light on terrorism and emphasizes the necessity of surveillance in public places. Students will enhance their grasp on the determiners and pronouns “other” and “another”, while expanding their vocabulary on this subject. Packed with interactive discussion activities and worksheets, this lesson is designed for both adults and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on the use of determiners and pronouns “other” and “another.” They will engage in activities to understand the correct usage of these terms in various grammatical contexts.

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video that discusses the impact and ethics of public surveillance. They will answer questions to check comprehension and discuss the implications of surveillance in society.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in discussions and role-plays to express their views on public surveillance. They will use the target grammar and vocabulary to argue their points and interact with classmates.

  • Vocabulary: Students will expand their vocabulary related to public surveillance, including terms like “surveillance,” “suspicious,” and “privacy.” They will use these terms in sentences and discussions to reinforce their understanding.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore different perspectives on public surveillance, comparing practices and opinions from various countries, including the United States. This will include discussions on how surveillance can influence public safety and personal freedom.

  • Homework: Students will consolidate their learning by completing tasks that involve filling in blanks with correct determiners (“other,” “another”), choosing correct options in given sentences, and writing sentences using the discussed vocabulary and grammatical structures. These activities aim to deepen their understanding of the lesson’s grammatical focus and its application in real-world contexts.


“Big Brother is always watching.” As paranoia about terrorism creeps into the streets of the American people, public surveillance continues to increase. Watch this to video to learn what the FBI suggests looking out for when searching for potential terrorist activity.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

surveillance [noun]: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal
depict [verb]: to describe or portray in words; to show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art forms
paranoia [noun]: a tendency toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
pamphlets [noun]: a small booklet or leaflet containing information or arguments about a single subject
foster [verb]: to develop (a feeling or idea) in oneself
threat [noun]: a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger
indicator [noun]: a thing, especially a trend or fact, that indicates the state or level of something
suspicious [adjective]: having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something
prolong [verb]: to lengthen in time; continue
overly [adverb]: to an excessive degree
nationwide [adverb]: throughout a whole nation
precaution [noun]: a measure taken in advance to prevent something dangerous, unpleasant, or inconvenient from happening
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