The Fifties

General English, Speaking Lessons
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “The Fifties”

Lesson Description

A blast from the past! In this lesson, students will discuss the past and nostalgia. This lesson features a video of a woman who lives every day like it’s 1958. Students will learn and practice phrasal verbs, idioms, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss the past and nostalgia

  • To learn and review phrasal verbs and idioms

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Watch this video about a woman who lives every day like it’s 1958. From her vintage dresses to her authentic mid-century kitchen appliances, Laci Fay looks like a blast from the past! And it's not just her home and car that are influenced by the decade: even her attire and makeup are all vintage.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

vibe [noun]: the mood or character of a place, situation, or piece of music
jukebox [noun]: a machine that plays recorded music after you put a coin into it
soda fountain [noun]: a device serving sweet, fizzy, but non-alcoholic drinks
hone in on something [phrasal verb]: to find and go directly toward;
to focus on
stop dead in your tracks [idiom]: to suddenly stop moving or doing something
Chevy [noun] short for Chevrolet; a brand of a car
built to last [phrase]: made sturdily; won’t break soon after you get it
appliance [noun]: a device or piece of equipment, especially an electrical one that is used in the home, e.g., a refrigerator or a washing machine
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