How old is too old?

How old is too old?

Lesson overview

In this Upper-Intermediate ESL lesson plan, students learn to use past modals “should” and “could”. They also acquire new vocabulary related to ageing.



We kick off with a brief discussion on the perception of age in the society.



Students watch a video titled “96-year-old WWII pilot takes flight again in Tampa” and discuss the questions that follow.



This section explains the use of past modals “should” and “could”, and provides useful examples.



In this section, the use of past modals is exemplified and practiced. This is accomplished through gap-filling and sentence rewriting exercises.



Students read a thought-provoking text on when it’s too late for certain activities and discuss their thoughts.


Pick a Card

Finally, the lesson wraps up with a pick-a-card exercise. Students are asked to choose the odd one out and explain why it doesn’t belong.

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