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C1 – Why Psychopaths Rise to Power

This ESL lesson has been adapted from a video and transformed into an article. Typically, it is suggested to use this lesson in a flipped format, where students are provided with some pre-reading material such as key vocabulary words or an introductory article. However, the choice is ultimately yours.

If you prefer to engage in a more in-depth discussion and extend the lesson duration, you can incorporate all the worksheet activities during the class. This lesson covers discussions on politics, power, vocabulary and reading sections, agree or disagree statements, and additional recommendations included at the end of the document for those students interested in exploring this topic further.

This lesson is suitable for students at the C1 or C2 language proficiency levels, and it can be adapted to accommodate learners of all ages and backgrounds.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Regular lessonC1 / Advanced12 words6 min / 1287 words60-80 min
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  • rigged elections
  • egregious example
  • covet power
  • arcane bureaucratic rules
  • inhabit
  • maladaptive
  • lurk inside
  • skirt the rules
  • weed out
  • eliminate
  • scrutiny
  • inflict damage


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary preview
  • Vocabulary
  • Article
  • Comprehension questions
  • Agree or disagree
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Discussion
  • Case study
  • Extra
  • Optional video