IELTS Lesson Plan: Steve Jobs’ Stanford Speech


This lesson is intended to last 60 minutes and would suit an upper-intermediate or advanced class. It can, however, be tailored for lower levels, and you can use material from the student page for extra activities to stretch the class to 90 minutes.

Steve Jobs is a famous and interesting figure who inspires students, and so this lesson has a wide appeal and is a great opportunity to get students talking enthusiastically. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below.

Lesson Plan

We recommend starting and ending classes with a discussion. Depending on class size and student personalities, you may want to have an open, class-wide discussion, or have the students talk with partners or in small groups. In very small classes you can ask the questions directly to the students.

Have students discuss the following questions. [15 mins]


  1. What do you know about Steve Jobs’s background?
  2. What changes have you seen in our world that were triggered by Steve Jobs and Apple?
  3. How do you feel about Steve Jobs death? Do you think his death has an impact in the world as much as his life did?
  4. As a college student, Steve Jobs had many doubts on how he wanted to lead his life. Do/Did you have the same problem?



View the rest of the lesson plan here.


Author: David S. Wills

I'm the editor of Beatdom magazine and author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'.

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