What Is Middle Class?

General English, Speaking Lessons
Money, Social Interactions
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “What Is Middle Class?”

Lesson Description

Do you have money to burn? In this lesson, students will discuss financial status and social class. This lesson features a video about the American middle class. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss financial status and social class

  • To learn and use new vocabulary in practice


What is lower, middle, or upper class? Do you own a home or have a college degree? Watch this video to learn about the American middle class.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

strike gold [idiom]: make money or have great success with something fast
self-supporting [adjective]: able to take care of oneself financially
affluenza [noun]: negative effects of having or pursuing wealth
get rich quick [idiom]: meant to make a lot of money over a short period of time
creditworthy [adjective]: with a satisfactory credit rating or worthy to receive new credit
bankable [adjective]: certain to bring profit and success
middle class [noun]: the social group between the upper and working classes, including professional and businesspeople and their families
posit [verb]: put forward as fact or as a basis for argument; advance
strata [noun]: a level or class to which people are assigned according to their social status, education, or income
in the money [idiom]: having lots of money
deep pockets [noun]: to have a lot of money or wealth
lap of luxury [idiom]: in a situation of great ease, comfort, and wealth
live high on the hog [idiom]: have a luxurious lifestyle
in clover [idiom]: in ease and luxury; living well
sit pretty [idiom]: to be in a good situation, especially when other people are not
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