Ouissal’s tips for learning English


The first in a series of lesson materials

If you’re looking for audio resources featuring a wider variety of accents than is offered in most coursebooks, then YouTube is the place to go. This is the first in our series of five free downloadable lesson plans and worksheets based on YouTube clips, aimed at inspiring teachers to expose students to the full range of English accents in the world.

The lessons are suitable for Pre-intermediate level classes and above, although the audio materials could be used with Elementary classes by adapting the tasks. The discussion questions related to accents and pronunciation could also be done in students’ first language if these are too challenging at their level. The materials could be used with adult or teen classes.

Ouissal – a Moroccan speaker of English

In this 5 minute video, 10-year-old Ouissal from Morocco gives 5 tips for learning English:

  • watch cartoons and movies
  • talk with people in your family in English
  • read stories
  • play silly games
  • listen to music


The lesson outline

  1. Students begin by only listening to the first minute (Ouissal’s introduction) and answering questions about this.
  2. Students predict the tips that they think Ouissal will give.
  3. Students listen and take notes about each tip, with the teacher stopping the audio after each one for students to compare their notes.
  4. Students discuss their own own ideas about how to learn English.
  5. Finally, students listen again and focus on Ouissal’s pronunciation of words beginning with ‘th’ and compare her pronunciation to their own. They discuss questions aimed at raising their awareness of the variety of different accents in the world, and that ‘different’ does not necessarily mean ‘less clear’.

You can download the student worksheet here  and the teacher’s notes here.

More links

Ouissal’s other videos on YouTube could also make interesting lesson plans, including:




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