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A Letter from a Pandemic

What could be the connection between the environmental degradation caused by our way of life and an increase in the number of pandemics? If a pandemic wrote a thank you letter to us for being a good host, what would it say and what advice might it give us to avoid something similar in the future? What can we change about our way of life to reduce the risk from pandemics. Students investigate these questions in this fantastic lesson by Stefanie Ritch for B1 and above, during which they will:

  • share experiences of how friends and family have hosted them and how they said thank you
  • learn about the link between environmental degradation and pandemics while practising listening skills as they watch a video
  • Write a letter in response to this message identifying things we can do differently to reduce this risk

Thank you Stefanie for creating this lesson!

Find the lesson plan, slides and handout and download them here:

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01 January B1 C1 health New Year's Eve

Fireworks – did you welcome the new year with a bang?

A lesson by Tabea Heimbach.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? How about being more environmental friendly? Help your students to create more awareness about the past New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations. This lesson focuses on the environmental impact of fireworks. Use the materials to find out about your students’ NYE traditions. Use the first class in the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on this past NYE and think about alternative ways to have fun next year without fireworks.

With this lesson your students will:

  • Find out more about the environmental impact of fireworks
  • Practice listening comprehension with a short video
  • Learn vocabulary on the topic of sustainability and environmental pollution
  • Discuss how they could celebrate NYE in the following year without using firecrackers

Material: Projector, an internet connection and the slides below

Level B1 upwards, young learners.

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01 January 02 February food health solutions waste

Zero Waste Cold and Flu Medicine

How to get over the flu or a cold the eco-friendly way

Have you ever wondered if the medicines we take for a cold might not be the best thing not only for ourselves but also for the planet? Here comes YouTuber of Trash is for Tossers Lauren Singer with a solution!

This lesson is ideal now as it’s chilly outside. For adults and teens A2 upwards.

Outcomes

You will watch a ‘how to’ video by YouTuber Lauren Singer from www.trashisfortossers.com, learn vocabulary such as ‘ingredients’, ‘stir’, ‘add some garlic’ and find out how to make a cold or flu remedy that is great for the planet and great for you!

Before you watch

Think about the following:
When did you last have a cold or the flu?
What medicine did you take?
Lauren will talk about a home-made remedy. What do you think will be in the medicine she makes?

While you watch

Watch the video to see if you guessed correctly the ingredients she will use.

Check your understanding

Are the following true or false?
1. She has a cold at the moment?
2. She adds an alcoholic drink to the remedy
3. The remedy she makes is not very strong.