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C1 – Using Paper Tools

This ESL lesson, based on the article, discusses the pros and cons of using digital tools versus tactile, low-tech tools for productivity. It highlights that while digital tools offer features and convenience, they also come with distractions, a learning curve, technical issues, and a limited lifespan. Conversely, low-tech tools like paper, pens, and index cards offer simplicity, flexibility, and a deeper focus without the distractions and complications of digital devices. Your ESL students can learn about the trade-offs between digital and tactile tools, and the importance of choosing the right tools for productivity and creativity.

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

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonC1 / Advanced12 words7 min / 1335 words60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students need to preview 12 vocabulary words from pages 5-6. Optionally, for a more in-depth discussion during class, encourage your students to read the article on page 7 in advance.


  • Tether
  • Rigid
  • Endure
  • Genuine
  • Tactile
  • Immensely
  • Enmeshed
  • Get Into The Zone
  • Novel
  • Scarcity
  • Hash Out Ideas
  • Awe


  • Lead-in
  • Agree or disagree
  • Vocabulary
  • Article reading
  • Questions
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Word formation
  • Discussion