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There’s a Monster in the Kitchen!

Recently the organisation where I work replaced coursebooks with set lessons. Not only that, but students now choose the lesson they attend based on factors such as the lesson outcomes. Help! I’m no longer able to use the hour-long lessons I’ve spent years compiling.

This is actually an opportunity. Many among us now realise that sustainability has to be embedded in every other topic – food, travel, the future – you name it. Is the way forward to use 5 to 10-minute activities that focus on the environmental aspects of other topics on a regular basis rather than teach the termly environment lesson when the unit on the topic turns up in the coursebook? I think so.

That is why I have put together this activity as an example of how you could spend a short time in class focussing on the environmental aspect of food when the topic of a set lesson is food.

Check it out here:

Do you have a set lesson topic that you have to adhere to? If so would this enable you still to have a sustainability twist to your classes while enabling you to meet the stated class aims? Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Inspire your students to positively engage with environmental issues and sustainability on their language learning journey.

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September 20th Climate Action. A Multimedia Website.

On September 20th climate strikes take place across the world. Why not address the issue in your class? Find out more in this lesson for B2 and above. Learners will:

  • look at how multimedia elements (film, image, text, and sound) combine to create a strong message.
  • investigate how a website for an environmental action group uses multimedia to create a strong message
  • discuss a cause they think is important and make a website idea on paper to promote it.

Learn more about the background to this lesson by watching the video on how to use it on my teacher development website.

The worksheet required is here for printing out and the slides are below:

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Climate Strikes

With the Extinction Rebellion strikes and School strike 4 climate in the headlines, why not use this lesson in class? Find out why Greta Thunberg, a Swedish girl who has mobilised thousands of young people to demand action on climate change decided to go on strike. This lesson will particularly appeal to teens but can be used with higher level adults and younger learners too.

Students will:

  • Watch a presentation to pick out the main message
  • Listen for detail to find specific information
  • Reflect on the message in a class discussion
  • Plan and deliver their own speech to the class

Slides containing teachers notes are here: