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Online Friendly ESL Discussion: Tips for Finding Inspiration
Ian Kime
May 17, 2022

No Prep ESL Discussion

Have you ever had a case of the ‘mehs’?


Another future classic no-prep ESL discussion. Today you and your students will be discussing inspiration, and more specifically, what to do when this necessary ingredient is elusive. The video comes from Forbes, a trusted American periodical, which has a series of videos on leadership. The video gives 7 tips for anyone struggling to find inspiration.

If you like warmers, you can do one of two quick activities. Ask your students the question at the top of the worksheet. Explain the sound “meh” if needed. Have you ever had a case of the ‘mehs’? Let students share one by one. Or, you could ask your students to come up with a noise that describes the state of their life right now. Can they spell it? 😉

Start by distributing the PDF to your students, and then watch the video below. Follow the directions for listening for gist and listening for detail.

As always, there are listening comprehension questions and a speaking activity. This 60-90 minute discussion activity would be a good challenge for your pre-intermediate students (A2-B1) or just a great conversation for your intermediate and advanced students.


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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


  1. h.sitter

    I’m logged in, but I can’t seem to find the download button…

    • Ian Kime

      If you’ve logged in and you cannot see the download pdf button, then it means you do not have the Total Teacher Access subscription. Some of them are only for TTA subscribers. You can find out more about TTA here:

      • h.sitter

        Sure, but this was in the ‘free activities’ section, so I assumed it should be available without TTA. Even so, there’s no price on this worksheet to purchase it individually.

        • Benoit Villette

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