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C1 – Gen Z & Boomers Vs. Online Scams

Article-based ESL lesson which explores how Generation Z (born between the late 1990s and early 2010s) is more likely to fall for online scams compared to older generations. Despite being familiar with technology, they face challenges like phishing and identity theft. The reasons include their frequent use of technology, a preference for convenience over security, and a lack of effective cybersecurity education tailored to their experiences. Students can learn about these challenges and the importance of understanding online safety systems, improving cybersecurity education, and the shared responsibility of individuals and platforms for a safer online experience.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonC1 / Advanced10 words7 min / 1297 words60-80 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students need to preview 10 vocabulary words from pages 4-5. Optionally, for a more in-depth discussion during class, encourage students to read the article on page 6 in advance. Final slide (page 17) can be assigned as homework.


  • Surge
  • Vulnerable
  • Incentivize
  • Dissimilar
  • Bogus
  • Digitally savvy
  • Fall for
  • Impersonation
  • Compromised account
  • Mayhem


  • Lead-in 1
  • Lead-in 2
  • Vocabulary
  • Article reading
  • Agree or disagree
  • Vocabulary practice
  • 5 role-play scenarios
  • Speaking