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C1 – The Tragedy of Good Luck

This video-based ESL lesson delves into the intriguing theme of how adversity can often pave the way for unexpected opportunities. It explores the notion of the butterfly effect and touches on various philosophical concepts such as free will, game theory, and existentialism, encouraging students to share their personal experiences. Additionally, the lesson incorporates elements like short readings, idiomatic expressions, thought-provoking quotes, and the practice of retelling the video through individual frames. Designed for students at the C1-C2 proficiency levels, this lesson offers a rich and engaging exploration of the complexities of life’s twists and turns.

TypeLevelVocabularyVideo LengthLesson Time
Regular lessonC1 / Advanced10 words5:55 min60-90 min
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  • Elude
  • Devastated
  • Affection
  • Hit it off
  • T-boned
  • Benign
  • Conscious / Unconscious
  • Malignant tumor
  • Visceral sensation
  • Scalp


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  • Reading
  • Storytelling
  • Idioms & Quotes
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