You Can Do It!

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 Description

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

  • To describe skills and abilities

  • To learn and review the use of “can”

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


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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