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B2 – Why This IKEA Table is in Every Household

This ESL lesson explores the popularity of the IKEA LACK Coffee Table due to its simple DIY assembly, timeless design, and $9.99 price. It introduces the “IKEA effect” concept, emphasizing self-assembled items’ perceived value. Yet, it also raises concerns about IKEA’s fast furniture model, planned obsolescence, and environmental impact, prompting viewers to weigh the sustainability of their furniture choices.

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

TypeLevelVocabularyVideo LengthLesson Time
Flipped LessonB2 / Upper-Intermediate16 words9:38 min60-90 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson! Before the session, make sure to tell your students to preview 16 words from pages 4-5.

  1. Lead-in: Begin with lead-in questions. These will serve as a solid starting point for delving deeper into the subject matter.
  2. Vocabulary: Breeze through vocabulary slides, addressing any queries and giving examples.
  3. Reading: Move on to the reading slide, engaging in a shared reading of the article.
  4. Questions: Discuss comprehension questions.  Encourage students to share their thoughts on what makes an ideal apartment design and engage in a discussion.
  5. Vocabulary check: Test vocabulary individually through a brief task. Once finished, review answers together.
  6. Brainstorm and Video comments: Lastly, enjoy a group brainstorm and potentially explore video comments. Adapt as homework if needed.

Optional Video (9:38 min)


  • Notion
  • Screw
  • Committed
  • Assemble
  • One-stop-shop
  • Obsolescence
  • Intentionally
  • Turnover
  • Affordability
  • Contribute
  • Landfills
  • Significant
  • Throwaway culture
  • Crucial
  • Conscious
  • Sustainable


  • Lead-in 1
  • Lead-in 2
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Reading
  • Video (optional homework)
  • Questions
  • Vocabulary check
  • Brainstorm
  • Video comments 1
  • Video comments 2