Success and Passion

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa | March 04, 2024
General English
Success, Hobbies, Social Media, Art
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Worksheet related to an ESL Lesson plan about success and passion

Lesson Overview

Do you have the world at your feet? In this lesson, students will discuss talent and success and things they like doing. This lesson features a video about a barista artist. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of lively discussions and practical worksheets suitable and appealing for both adults and youth.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a video about a talented barista artist discussing his unexpected rise to fame. This activity will help enhance their ability to comprehend detailed explanations and narratives in English, focusing on vocabulary and idiomatic expressions related to personal success and creativity.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in discussion activities where they express their views on hobbies and personal achievements. They'll use newly learned vocabulary and idioms to articulate personal experiences and opinions about what drives success in various fields.

  • Vocabulary: Key terms and idioms related to passions and hobbies will be introduced, such as "go viral," "overnight success," and "find your audience." Students will learn how these expressions apply in real-world contexts, particularly in creative and entrepreneurial endeavors.

  • Cultural Awareness: Through the video and discussions, students will explore how different cultures view success and personal development. They will discuss how personal passions can be turned into successful careers, and how different societal values influence these paths.

  • Homework: Students will complete various tasks to reinforce their learning from the lesson. These tasks will include true or false questions about the video content, filling in blanks with key vocabulary terms, and writing sentences that use the discussed idioms and expressions to reflect on their aspirations and career goals.


What are your passions? Are you successful? Watch this video to see a
talented barista artist go viral overnight with his accidental business

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

have the world at one’s feet [idiom]: to have complete control or influence over one's circumstances or to be in a position of great power or opportunity
talent [noun]: natural ability or skill in a particular area, such as art, music, or sports
success [noun]: the achievement of one's goals or objectives, often measured by accomplishment, wealth, or recognition
barista artist [noun phrase]: a skilled person who creates visually appealing and expertly crafted coffee beverages
be keen on something [phrasal verb]: to have a strong interest or enthusiasm for something
find one’s audience [phrase]: to discover or identify the group of people who appreciate or are interested in one's work, message, or performance
waste one’s time [idiom]: to spend time on activities or pursuits that are not productive or beneficial
go viral [idiom]: to rapidly gain widespread attention and popularity on the internet, typically through social media sharing
identify with [phrasal verb]: to feel a connection or similarity with someone or something based on shared characteristics, experiences, or beliefs
keep one going [phrase]: to provide motivation, inspiration, or support to continue pursuing a goal or enduring difficulties
lightbulb goes off [idiom]: to suddenly understand or realize something, often used metaphorically to describe a moment of insight or clarity
be into something [phrasal verb]: to have a strong interest or enthusiasm for something; to be involved in or enjoy something
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