ESL Listening: Week 9 Activities and Lessons

The mid term exams are over. Now it’s time for my English students to start building ESL listening skills.

Subway Video

This English listening lesson  is a video about the New York subway system. Here is the video link.


rush hour, dispatcher, crisis, delay, re-route

Comprehension Questions

  1. How many people live in New York City?
  2. Why is the subway important to the people in New York?
  3. How many people ride the subway every day?
  4. How many people can ride on one train during rush hour?
  5. How many subway cars are there?
  6. How often does the subway run?
  7. How is math useful for the train system?
  8. How much time is required to travel between stations? What is the average speed?
  9. What crisis did we see in the video?
  10. Describe three changes that happened during the crisis.

Coffee Talk: Coffee and Espresso

Here is a short video that teaches ESL students about coffee.


barista, roasted, blends, grind

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where is the coffee shop?
  2. What is the espresso?
  3. What coffee beans can you use to make espresso?
  4. What have people usually used to make espresso? What color is this coffee?
  5. What is the difference between coffee and espresso?

Make French Toast

Here is another HOW TO food video.


beat egg, vanilla, tablespoon, teaspoon, flour, skillet, spatula, whisk


  1. What’s the first step?
  2. What’s step two?
  3. What’s step three?
  4. How long should you put bread in the mix?
  5. What’s step five?
  6. How can you keep the cooked toast warm?
  7. What can you put on top of the French toast?
  8. Does it look good?

Friends – Birthday Cake

Here is the first vocabulary worksheet for Friends, the one with a birthday cake.

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