Power of Words

Are words powerful? Of course they are but I wonder if my students know that.

I encourage my ESL students to improve and expand their vocabulary.  That’s why I prepare vocabulary worksheets and puzzles, like this one. Knowing more words can help their writing and speaking skills. That is obvious. But sometimes the message is easy but getting the idea to stick is hard.

Power of Words

Maybe this ESL video lesson can help motivate my students. It shows the power of words. And the power of ideas which can be expressed in a different way. Enjoy.

Photo by CarbonNYC.

ESL Listening – Eiffel Tower

This ESL lesson uses a video from History.com to teach English students about the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower

Watch and listen to the video about the Eiffel Tower.

Listening Worksheet

Here are the listening questions for the Eiffel Tower video lesson. Read the questions below or download the worksheet: esl-eiffel-tower-worksheet.


  • Bird’s eye view
  • Triumph
  • Skyscrapers
  • Vulgar
  • Architects
  • Rivets
  • Radio antenna
  • Landmark
  • Masterpiece


  1. What is the nickname of Paris?
  2. Why was the Eiffel Tower built?
  3. When did it open?
  4. How many people visited the tower when it first opened?
  5. Why was the tower special when it opened?
  6. Did the people of Paris like the tower when it first opened?
  7. How long did it take to build?
  8. How many metal parts are there?
  9. How many rivets are there?
  10. How much does it weigh?
  11. How much did it cost?
  12. What is the tower’s height?
  13. What was scheduled for 1909?
  14. How many annual visitors are there?
  15. How did the tower get its name?

ESL Listening – Machu Picchu

This ESL video from National Geographic presents a short story about the tourist trade in Machu Picchu, a famous site in Peru.

Machu Picchu Video

Watch and listen to the video. Then answer the questions. Read the questions below or download the Machu-Picchu-worksheet.

Listening Questions


  • ruins
  • misty
  • fog
  • hordes
  • terraces
  • capitalize
  • cramped
  • stalls
  • grandeur


  1. What is the nickname of this place?
  2. How high up in the Andes Mountains is it?
  3. What is special about this place?
  4. When was it built?
  5. Why is Machu Picchu important to Peru?
  6. Who visits this place?
  7. When was Machu Picchu rediscovered?
  8. What happens now every day?
  9. What do locals sell to tourists?
  10. How do local people capitalize on Machu Picchu’s popularity?
  11. Today, the nickname does not seem like a good name anymore. Why not?

ESL Writing Lesson – Mind Mapping

The purpose of this ESL writing lesson is to give students an opportunity to work in groups and use the three elements of paragraph style which we studied in class: strong opening sentence, logical organization and unity.

This writing lesson uses two pieces of media: a mind map to encourage detail thinking and a video for inspiration.

Cinderella Mind Map

Here is a mind map of the fairy tale Cinderella. Our writing class will be creating a mind map as a tool to help students write a creative story.

ESL Video Lesson

The next step in the writing lesson is to watch a video. Nuit Blanche is a short dramatic story about a man and woman who meet on the street. In this writing lesson, students will use this video as the basis for their creative story.

Mind map image by limevelyn.