Podcast: Chilean Miners

Mission Accomplished

Did your students follow the Chilean mine story? Are you looking for a lesson to use with your intermediate to advanced English learners? Today’s podcast features a recording of ESL Library’s high-intermediate lesson on the 33 Brave Chilean Miners. This podcast was recorded moments after the last miner emerged safely on October 13th, 2010.

Did you know that one of the miners watched his baby being born from inside the mine? Did you know that each miner took on a special responsibility during the ordeal? The men spent 70 days in the mine, but never gave up hope. Celebrate the miraculous rescue of the 33 Brave Chilean Miners with your class. The lesson contains warm up questions, a reading, vocabulary review activities, comprehension questions, discussion questions, and a group challenge. What 33 things are your learners thankful for? Invite your students to take ESL-Library’s Gratitude challenge in honor of the brave miners who are now safe and sound.

[Editor’s note: In the reading, the number of days underground has been changed from 70 to 69.]

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  1. ESL Library Staff says:

    Aug 06, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    If you have used this lesson plan in the past, please take a moment to print out a new copy from our digital library. We have redesigned this lesson plan, though the content remains the same. Thanks for all of your support! We’re so happy that this lesson plan was useful.

  2. baudilio says:

    Oct 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    This lesson was published hours after the miners were rescued. Unbelievable!

  3. mila says:

    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Thank you very much for free lesson plan. I will use it in my classroom in Indonesia.

  4. ESL Library Staff says:

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for all of the great comments so far! We had a request for a lower level version as well. You now have two options for the 33 Brave Chilean Miners lesson to use in class. We hope you’ll take the 33 Things We’re Thankful for Challenge!

  5. jose abarca says:

    Oct 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    simlpy the best.
    Thanks and God bless you.

  6. John Wood says:

    Oct 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    GREAT WORK in getting this LP together so quickly! I teach Business English in Viet Nam, and my students are (also) always interested in world events and happenings, and discussing them in class. We’ll use this one today as I, and the students, have been following this story with great interest. THANK YOU

  7. kim cavender says:

    Oct 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this lesson plan and the promptness of the delivery. I teach EFL in Chile and will use it in class tomorrow!

    • ESL Library Staff says:

      Oct 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you Kim. We hope you and your students enjoy it. This is a great day! Please spread the word to other teachers in Chile that this lesson is available for free on our site.

      Ben Buckwold
      Red River Press / ESL-Library.com

  8. Oto says:

    Oct 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I am really surprised how promptly you created this lesson. Well done! I appreciate your effort very much. And even with the audio file! Wow! Thanks a million for your effort. I love the ESL library and RedRiver.

  9. m. àngels solà says:

    Oct 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

    It looks great! Thank you so much for being so quick!

    I was going to prepare something but…I’ve just printed it and I’ll use it tomorrow.

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    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:45 am


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