You Can Do It!

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I June 04, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Can/ Can't
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
You Can Do It! | Beginning esl lesson for adults

Lesson Overview

Do you do everything to the best of your ability? In this lesson, students will learn about the different skills and abilities that are necessary for life. This lesson features audio of two people describing and talking about what they can and cannot do. Students will learn and practice how to use “can” and “can’t” to talk about their skills and abilities. Students will also learn vocabulary related to the topic. The lesson activities include plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will identify and apply the modal verb “can” to express abilities and possibilities, as well as “can’t” for inabilities. Through various exercises, students will practice constructing sentences that communicate what they can and cannot do, enhancing their grammatical understanding and usage of these expressions in everyday contexts.

  • Listening: Students will develop their listening skills by engaging with an audio segment featuring two speakers discussing their skills and abilities. The exercise focuses on understanding and identifying the use of "can" and "can't" in real-life contexts, thereby improving students' ability to comprehend spoken English related to abilities.

  • Speaking: Through discussion activities and role-plays, students will express their own skills and abilities using “can” and “can’t.” These activities are designed to boost confidence in speaking by sharing personal experiences and opinions, thereby improving fluency and pronunciation.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to various skills and abilities, such as “run,” “jump,” “swim,” “play tennis,” “communicate,” “negotiate,” and “organize.” Students will learn these words in context, expanding their lexical range to better discuss abilities and interests.

  • Homework: Homework tasks include exercises for students to practice writing sentences with “can” and “can’t,” fill in the blanks, and match skills to the correct individuals based on the lesson’s content. This reinforces learning and ensures students can apply the grammar and vocabulary outside the classroom.


Listen to the audio about people’s skills and abilities. Are you an athlete who trains a lot but struggles with communication? Or maybe you are a businessman who negotiates well but can’t sing or dance. Learn about the various qualities and differences between these two people and what makes them unique.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

negotiate [verb]: to have a formal discussion with someone because you want to reach an agreement
budget [verb]: to plan how much money you will spend on something
athlete [noun]: a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events
presentation [noun]: a talk giving information about something
communicate [verb]: to share information with others by speaking, writing, or using other signals
laundry [noun]: clothes that need to be washed
candidate [noun]: someone trying to get a job
foreign [adjective]: coming from another country, not your own
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