Three Strange Signs You Will Become Successful

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I November 25, 2020
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Word Formation
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Three Strange Signs You Will Be Successful | ESL Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

What’s the recipe for success? In this lesson, students will learn about success and how people define it differently. This lesson features a video discussing signs of becoming a successful person. Students will learn and practice linking words, phrasal verbs, 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: Learners will dive into the use of linking words and phrasal verbs, enhancing their ability to construct coherent and sophisticated sentences. They will practice forming sentences that effectively join ideas and actions, providing clarity and flow to their speech and writing.

  • Listening: By engaging with a video that presents unique perspectives on achieving success, students will develop their listening skills. They'll focus on extracting specific information related to the signs of becoming successful, interpreting nuanced expressions and phrasal verbs within a real-world context.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in various speaking activities, sharing their interpretations of success, discussing personal goals, and reflecting on their experiences related to the traits of successful people. This interactive approach aims to improve fluency and confidence in discussing complex topics in English.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to success and personal development, including terms like "novelty seeking," "bursting with energy," and phrases that describe attitudes towards life and work. Through context-based learning, students will expand their lexical range, enabling them to articulate thoughts on success more effectively.

  • Homework: To reinforce the lesson's objectives, students will be tasked with exercises that include filling in blanks with the correct prepositions, completing sentences using word formation techniques, and rewriting sentences to incorporate linking phrases and phrasal verbs.


In order to become successful, some people think differently or do strange things. Are you one of them? Watch this video to learn about the characteristics of successful people.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

obtain [verb]: to get something
novelty [noun]: something new or unusual
go with the flow [phrase]: to be relaxed with and accepting of a situation, rather than trying to change or control it
perhaps [adverb]: maybe
forgetfulness [noun]: the state of being forgetful
boredom [noun]: the state of feeling bored
seek [verb]: to look or search for
succeed [verb]: to achieve your goal
curious [adjective]: wanting to learn or know more about something
curiosity [noun]: a desire to learn or know more about something
against the grain [idiom]: contrary to what is normal or usual
unmotivated [adjective]: not having interest in or enthusiasm for something
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