Lesson Plan: Polyglots

Lesson Plan: Polyglots

In your experience, what have been the best ways to learn English, or another language? How useful or interesting have you found the following?

1-1 classesGraded readersPodcastsFlashcards
Living in another countryWatching movies / seriesPlaying video gamesListening to songs
Grammar booksEnglish classesNewspaper articlesConversation practice


  1. Watch this video: 00.00-3.05. How did the following people learn the language: Benny from Ireland? Lucas from Brazil?

Watch again. Are the following true or false?

  • Lýdia is learning her 8th language at the moment.
  • Benny tries to be as accurate as possible when learning
  • Lucas used facebook to learn languages
  • Some polyglots prefer grammar to vocabulary.

Discussion: Do you think any of these methods sound interesting? Why? Why not? What are the pros and cons of these methods?

2. Watch 3.05 – 5.45 What did the poliglots have in common in their methods?

Match the the following sentence halves:

All these polyglots were talking about language learningI was able to follow it almost without any problems.
I realised thatyou can apply the method of self-talk.
By the end of the bookas if it was great fun
I kept on this is how I learn languages myself.
After the second or third seasonwatching every day because it’s Friends.
if you are a more introverted person,the dialogue started to make sense.

Discussion: Do you agree with what she says? How much have you enjoyed your language learning? What do you enjoy? What do you not enjoy?

3. Watch 5.45 – 8.33 What other effective principles does she talk about?

Match the following words with their definitions:

visible success, Anki, two months, good time to listen to podcasts, spaced repetition,place to find inspiration

  1. A method to move words from your short-term to long-term memory.
  2. An app for memorising vocabulary
  3. Driving on the way to work
  4. Polyglots on youtube
  5. Time in which you can notice progress
  6. A good way to motivate yourself

Discussion: Do you think these principles are relevant in your history of learning a language(s)?

4. Watch 8.33 – 10.44 What extra information does she convey about Lucas and Benny?

Use these words to complete the sentences:

as, themselves, for, so, easily, in, tracking, for , of

  • Then he looked __________ his way ________ learning them
  • Benny can __________ have a conversation ________ ten languages
  • Lucas tried to learn English ________ ten years.
  • _________ a language mentor, I help people learn languages by ____________.
  • They start ___________ their learning, ______________that they can appreciate their progress.

Discussion: Do you know people like Lucas and Benny? How do you think language learning might be made more effective in schools and institutes, given this information?


Read the first five entries of this page:


Which person mentioned the following things:

Simon AgerLearn relevant phrases
Olly RichardsKnow why you want to learn
Teddy NeePlay is important
John FotheringhamDon’t be afraid
Kris BroholmConsistency

Which tips do you find useful?

Find words that mean the following:

  • thinking about problems or fears (1)
  • having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment (1)
  • programme, make time for (2)
  • speed, rhythm (3)
  • put up with, deal with or accept (4)
  •  to believe that someone or something is reliable, to have confidence in (5)

Discussion: What have you found useful up until now when learning a language?


Write your own tip(s) for learning a language. Explain why you find them useful.

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