GOSSIP & RUMORS esl lesson

In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to tell someone a secret, and talk about gossip and rumors. 

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

Talking About Secrets

ESL Discussion Questions


Do you pay attention to gossip and rumors?


Do you have any friends or colleagues who like to gossip and spread rumors?


How does social media make gossip and rumors worse?


How can gossip and rumors damage people’s reputation?


Why do you think people gossip?


Are you gullible? (Do you easily believe everything you hear?)

Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Gossip & Rumors

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson to talk about secrets, gossip and rumors.

ESL Listening Practice

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions.

Gossip & Rumors


How did Richard’s meeting with the movie producers go?


What are the producers interested in doing with Richard?


What may be happening in the near future?


What has Sandra been chosen to do?


According to Robert, what should they start preparing for life as?


How many people are going to Mars?


When do they want the movie to be ready?


What does Robert mean when he says, Curtis has a “big mouth”?

ESL Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about the passage, gossip, and rumors.

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ESL Vocabulary to tell secrets, talk about gossip & rumors

Word Bank

actually | appear | apply | concept | especially | expect
famous | huge | impressed | line-up | mission | obviously
possible | producer | ready | supposed to | tell


Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

1. line-up (n)

A. to make an official request for something

2. obviously (adv)

B. is to be expected to do something

3. apply (v)

C. someone who often says things that should be kept a secret

4. be supposed to (idiom)

D. to give an answer to a question without knowing if it’s correct

5. concept (n)

E. to do something as planned or agreed

6. big mouth (n)

F. the idea for something that isn’t real yet

7. tell (v)

G. a group of people or products brought together for a particular purpose

8. guess (v)

H. to admire and have interest in something

9. go through with (phr.v)

I. clearly; in a way that is easily understood

10. impressed (adj)

J. to communicate information to someone


Discuss the following quotes about gossip and rumors.

gossip and rumors

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

“Isn't it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”

“Fake news and rumors thrive online because few verify what's real and always bias towards content that reinforces their own biases.”

“Fake friends believe in rumors. Real friends believe in you.”

“Everyone makes their own comments. That's how rumors get started.”

“Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts.”


Discuss the following questions about gossip and rumors.

  1. How do rumors get started?
  2. Is there a lot of gossip and rumors where you live?
  3. How do you usually react when people fill you in on gossip and rumors?
  4. Why do you think people are so interested in gossip and rumors?
  5. How can gossip and rumors be bad for a business?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Talking About A Secret


They’re interested in making the movie!

Meaning /


You’ll never guess what I heard yesterday.

Meaning /


He says that they were very impressed with the concept.

Meaning /


Do you think she’ll go through with it?

Meaning /


I’m not supposed to tell anyone this – but I had to tell you!

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video or listen to the audio again and complete the sentences.

Gossips ESL Lesson

Hey Clara,

You’ll never guess what I’ve just heard! I can’t believe it – I’m so excited!

__________________ 1, you didn’t hear this from me, but I heard that Richard’s meeting with the movie producers went _________________ 2. They’re interested in making the movie! He says that they were very ____________________ 3 with the concept and were interested in making a start as soon as possible. They want it to be ready for next year’s summer ____________________ 4.

Don’t _________ 5 anyone, but I think this means that we might both be appearing in a huge movie in the near future! I think we’d best start preparing for life as ______________ 6 celebrities!

Also, have you heard about Sandra? You’ll never _____________ 7 what I heard yesterday. She’s been chosen to be one of the fifty people flying to Mars in that new shuttle next year. I don’t think she ever _______________ 8 to actually be chosen for the mission when she ________________ 9. Do you think she’ll go through with it?

Obviously, please don’t tell anyone about this – especially that _______________ 10, Curtis! I’m not supposed to tell anyone about this, but I just had to tell you!

See you on Saturday,


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