YouTube Presentation Lesson for ESOL / ESL and IELTS

This is a really simple lesson using to get students to give an interesting and persuasive presentation.

Set up

I used this lesson with a group of pre-intermediate learners but the idea could easily be extended to higher levels and might tie in nicely for students preparing for speaking exams such as IELTS or Cambridge ESOL.

You will need an IAWB (Interactive White Board) or a projector with sounds linked to the internet so that students can show a movie on youtube. Students will also need computers to search for a youtube video they like although this could be done as homework in prepartion for the lesson.


1. Ask students of they watch youtube and what kind of things they watch.

2. Now ask students to find something on youtube in English that they really like. It could be something that makes them laugh, a trailer for a film, an advert, a speech, a part of a film or an interview. Explain that they are not allowed to choose a music video (as there isn’t always a lot to talk about and they don’t always have a lot of English.)

3. Tell students that they now have three minutes to make a short presentation. They will explain why the film they have found on youtube is interesting and try to persuade the rest of their class to watch it. After everyone has finished presenting the class will vote and the youtube video that gets the most votes will be shown on the big screen.

Extra Tips

– make sure students have a time limit for their presentations as some talkative students will talk for a long time and some will not want to talk for very long, by having a time limit you will encourage shy ones to speak for longer and comfident once to condense what they have to say.

– make notes as you watch each presentation so you have some feedback to give them when they’ve finished. Make sure at two out of three comments are positive.  You can comment of their pronunciation, sentences you liked, their body language, their content – what they did or didn’t explain and of course how persuasive they were.

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