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My wish came true | ESL lesson plan

The topic: A funny story.
Skills practiced: Listening, speaking.
Size of the class: 40 students.
Age: 14 years old; grade 8.
Level: Elementary.
Class length: 45 minutes.

Step 1 – Reading the text

Depending on the purpose of the lesson, the text can be read by the teacher to have students practicing listening skills or it can be displayed and students read the text by themselves. Personally, I will read it for my students. The purpose of the lesson is to have students listening and understand the story then telling the story with their own words.

Note: Read the text until students understand it very well.

“A man and a woman had been married for 35 years and they were celebrating their 60th birthdays (they were born on the same day).
They celebrated their birthdays by having a nice dinner together. Suddenly, a fairy appeared and she said that she will make one of their wishes to come true.
The woman wanted to travel around the world so the fairy gave her two tickets around the world. The woman was very happy!
The man wanted to have a woman who is 30 years younger than him. The fairy carried out his wish. She made him 90 years old. The man wasn’t happy at all!”

Step 2 – Unlock the vocabulary

I designed a multiple choice task for teaching vocabulary which I think is the most appropriate for this lesson. It can be done using pictures as well.

Note: Go through all vocabulary items that might be unknown for students.

Vocabulary: Celebrating, fairy, wish


  1. to be a famous person
  2. to have many friends
  3. to have a party



  1. An animal
  2. A person with magical powers
  3. To be fair



  1. to want
  2. to fly by airplane
  3. to go abroad


Step 3 – Check if students understood the story

Asking simple questions ensure that students understood the story and are ready to go ahead.


  • How old are the woman and the man?
  • How did they celebrate their birthday?
  • What will the fairy do for them?
  • What did the woman want? Was she happy?
  • What did the man want? Was he happy?
  • What wish would you like a fairy make it come true?


Step 4 – Speaking task

As a speaking task students have to retell the story with their own words. It might be a challenging task for students at elementary level so teacher help is definitely a must. Some students might be able to tell a similar story.

Speaking task:
Retell the story to your partner in your own words.
Can you say a similar story?

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