All Hands In

Arriving in a New Country

In this lesson students will think about the concept of culture shock, read about different people’s experiences of arriving in a new country and compare them with their own. They will work together to think of advice to give people arriving in a new country. 



In this lesson students will think about how they greet people in different contexts and depending on the person by conducting class questionnaires; they will reflect on factors which affect how we greet or say goodbye to people whom we have differing relationships with. 


Eating Habits

In this lesson students will read a blog about someone’s cross-cultural experience eating in someone else’s home, and will discuss in small groups their own eating habits and opinions and will then reflect on similarities and differences. 


Appropriate Behaviour

In this lesson students will listen to someone talking about their first experience on a bus where they encountered behaviour which they found very different; they will review scenarios where behaviour might be considered strange/unusual/rude and will practise the language used to make negative requests by creating dialogues in pairs. 


Local Customs

In this lesson students will take an around-the-world customs quiz, will discuss their current area’s local customs together in small groups and will design a ‘Top Tips for living in…’ website/poster with this information. 


Life expectations

In this lesson students will think about their life goals and will practice expressing their future hopes using degrees of certainty phrases. They will discuss how these life expectations change with age and may vary between people of different genders and across other factors by looking at the results of a questionnaire. 


At What Age?

In this lesson students will compare the school starting and leaving ages in different countries, will complete a questionnaire about things you can do at various ages and will discuss childcare using the language of agreeing, disagreeing and expressing views and feelings. 


Life Stages

In this lesson students will share ways they celebrate birthdays/name days, will consider which life events they think are significant, and will read a text about a family and their lives and choices — there are comprehension and discussion questions on this text. 



In this lesson students will read texts where people describe their neighbours; they’ll think of and learn new adjectives, and will reflect on what being a good neighbour is by taking a quiz. The lesson will also focus on phrasal verbs. 


Describing Your Neighbourhood

In this lesson students will bring in/find photos of their neighbourhood and will practise using adjectives to describe where they live. 


Neighbourhood Problems

In this lesson students will read posts from an online forum where people express what they don’t like about their neighbourhood, will review ways of making suggestions using exponents and will discuss neighbourhood problems and solutions. 


Gender bias and sexism

In this lesson students will watch a video clip which challenges views on gender and use language to express surprise, read texts about people who’ve experienced gender bias and reflected on their own views on gender bias. 


Gender similarities and differences

In this lesson students will give their views of gender-related subjects, considered the role of gender in the workplace and on health and analysed key data related to gender across the EU.


Food in Britain

In this lesson students will discuss international cuisine, watch a video about Borough market in London, discuss the pros and cons of buying fresh food or ready-made food.


The place where I grew up

In this lesson students will compare houses and homes all over the world, listen to one person’s memories of the home where she grew up, prepare descriptions of the place where they grew up and compare their concepts of “home”.


Finding a home - understanding small ads

In this lesson students will read typical adverts offering accommodation - rooms, flat-shares, lodging or houses and become familiar with the language and common abbreviations used.


Finding a home - questions for the landlord

In this lesson students will write questions to ask a landlord before renting accommodation, listen to a telephone call between a landlord and the person who is responding to his advert and practice similar conversations asking for information and clarification.


Finding a home - questions for flatmates

In this lesson students will play a card game to practice asking questions. The questions (asked by the potential tenant) are written. The answers (given by the current flatmate/s) depend on the …. information on the card they pick up and are improvised. Answers can be direct or evasive, but polite and tactful.


Getting around - asking and giving directions

In this lesson students will practice asking and giving directions based on the places they would like to go to for information, shopping or to meet people. Questions may be generic (Where is…?) or specific (How do I get to ….?).


Getting around - ways of making friends

In this lesson students will practise asking information about places to go to make friends, do free-time activities and buy more for less. 


Getting around project

In this lesson students will prepare, in groups, to present suggestions and give advice about things to do, places to go, ways of making friends and of spending less when shopping in the town where they are currently living.


Someone who inspires you

In this lesson students will learn about International Women’s Day, listen to people speak about others who inspire them, discuss with classmates and reflect on attitudes towards women.



In this lesson students will consider different types of learning; they will play a game where they guess one another’s occupation by asking questions and will think about if they would like to learn a new skill or train for a job in the future.