Try this activity, watch a great video and learn lots of vocabulary on a surprising topic! Just click through the Sway presentation (< and > symbols, bottom right) and enjoy the lesson, whether you are in your living room, a café or the classroom – just remember your re-usable cup! Note the lesson continues after the video.
What will you find here?
You will find out about Earth Hour which takes place on 24th March. You will match up expressions of strong intention which will make your speaking very persuasive if you use them, and you will come up with ideas of things to do for Earth Hour. Teachers: a PowerPoint version for class: What are you doing this Earth Hour!
Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. What do you think people will do for Earth Hour and why?
While you watch
Watch the video. Are people doing the things you thought of in Preparation? Are some of them doing different things? Why are they doing them?
Check your understanding
After you’ve watched the video, decide if the following are true or false:
- Earth Hour happens in countries all across the world.
- Earth Hour is about governments and businesses doing things to protect the world.
- According to Leonardo DiCaprio, we cannot reverse climate change.
- In many cities, the lights are switched off from famous buildings.
You will watch a video for specific information and learn vocabulary on the topic of sea levels and climate change.
- Imagine you have a cool drink with ice. What happens to the drink as the ice melts – does it go up, go down or stay the same?
- Does the same thing happen if the ice in the ocean melts?
While you watch
Watch the video. Do the results of the experiment match what you thought? Do they match what the man in the pub said?
You will look at a graph to check information, watch a video for specific information and learn vocabulary on the topic of food and climate change.
They say the best way to save the planet is to change how we eat. What do you think the following are true or false?
- Eating beef has a bigger impact than eating vegetables.
- Eating farmed fish has a bigger impact than eating beef.
- Farming chickens causes is a bigger cause of climate change than farming cows.
Now look at the graph to check. The answers are also in the key at the bottom of the page.
You will practice understanding advanced texts, vocabulary on the topic of climate change and increase understanding of an important issue.
What do you think the ‘sadness’ in the title refers to?
- the waste from throwing away old mobile phones
- the memories associated with your old mobile phone
- the environmental damage caused by mobile phones in their production, use and disposal
Guess which one, and watch the video to check if you are right. (Answers at bottom of page)
Check your understanding
Are the following true or false? How do you know?
- The presenter likes nature and and he likes technology.
- Most of the environmental damage caused by phones is caused when we throw them away.
- There is a company called Fairphone that makes phones that are easy to repair.
- The battery is the most toxic part of a phone.
- Liam the robot can take apart an iPhone 6 in 1 minute.
- New technology could reduce the environmental impact of phones.
(Answers at bottom of page)
How does religion view climate change? In this lesson based on a jigsaw reading, learners investigate what three of the world’s religions say about it. How will there view be different from that of the science academies? Prepare to be surprised when you find out. Students will also learn high level vocabulary on the topic and do a role-play. For C1 level and above.
Check out the lesson plan world-religions-on-climate-change
Download the PowerPoint slides world-religions-on-climate-change
Here is a lesson plan based on ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for the world we live in. It’s based on a jigsaw listening, and is suitable for teenagers and adults from B1/intermediate upwards. It is an updated revision of my previous lesson plan ‘Prizewinners’, which proved very popular.
Download the lesson plan:
They make a mess in both town and country. Have you ever been to a beautiful place and seen rubbish everywhere? On the other hand, are they the biggest problem the environment faces? They don’t pollute the air or damage our lungs like car exhaust fumes, we can re-use them and recycle them. Whatever the truth, many places restrict their sale. This lesson is a role play debate. Should we ban their sale or not? Practice language for agreeing and disagreeing, and reaching consensus. For B1 level upwards.
Lesson plan: plastic-bag-role-play
All too often, course books make students write a letter of complaint using the same old contexts every time. An unsatisfactory hotel room, a faulty product or bad service in a restaurant. This time let’s breathe some fresh air into this genre of writing. And do some good for the world we live in at the same time!
Download the lesson plan: A letter of complaint
Ideal for exam classes and teacher-training. This lesson practices skills common in exams like FCE, IELTs, and Aptis; deducing meaning from context, and choosing the best heading for each paragraph.
Based around George Monbiot’s article ‘Rewild the Child’, which argues for a radical rethink in how we educate children by getting them out of the classroom and taking them outdoors.
The lesson consists of a lesson plan, the text, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Lesson plan: Rewild the child
PowerPoint: Rewild the child
It’s got to be one of the best infrastructure developments in cities. Turn up, pay for a bike, ride it to the next drop off point and your there! In terms of reducing pollution, getting fit, and making cities more pleasant places to live, it’s a win win win situation! So next time you do a lesson on travel, or city life, why not try this lesson. And tell me how it goes, I’d love feedback. Did you find the materials user-friendly, did the students find it interesting? Any suggestions? Here is the lesson:
This lesson is based around a jig-saw reading and looks at winners of this years Goldman prize, which honours ordinary people who have done extraordinary actions to protect nature, the environment and the human communities that live in them.
Download the lesson plan: an-eco-prize
It’s a complex and politically controversial topic, and one people might shy away from dealing with in class. This lesson simplifies the basic science in a lesson rich in the language items around the topic of climate change.
Follow the link to download the lesson plan from the British Council’s teachingenglish website: