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02 February adults B1 C1 Social life solutions transport Winter Cycling Day

February 14th: Winter Bike to School and Work Day

Is it a cold February with you? Perhaps you are thinking about Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in a hot country where it is warm and sunny. Did you know that February 14th is Winter Bike to Work Day? Perhaps you still walk or cycle to school or work, or maybe you opt for a car or the bus. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, then hopefully your bicycle is ready to go! In recognition of everyone who keeps cycling or walking to work or school this winter, why not teach this lesson based around a video from Sustrans, a UK organisation that promotes non-motorised eco-friendly transport?

In this lesson learners will:

  • Discuss how they travel and the benefits of certain kinds of transport
  • watch a video and do comprehension tasks
  • explore collocations from the video
  • do a roleplay based on a situation related to the video.

Level: B1 upwards

Materials: a projector and these slides. You can download them before class if connection is an issue.

Just click on the slides below at the bottom right and follow the steps.

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12 December B1 C1 Christmas reduce, reuse, recycle: cutting down waste shopping and consuming solutions

Fake or Fir this Christmas? #sustainablechristmastree

I’m delighted to post a lesson by Tabea Heimbach, a teacher in Portugal with a passion for environmental issues.

Over the last years, Christmas has changed from a peaceful holiday to a stressful period involving high consumerism and social pressure. As the end of the year arises it is time to reflect on our good and bad habits considering this period. What do we really need? And in the face of climate change, how can we keep our carbon footprint to the minimum? This lecture focuses on the environmental impact of Christmas trees. Use the materials to find out whether your students have a real or artificial tree, where they got it from and if they are aware of their tree’s carbon footprint. Use your last class before Christmas or the first class in the new year, as an opportunity to discuss alternative solutions that can help them make a better choice in the following year.

With this lesson your students will:
• Find out more about the carbon footprint of Christmas trees
• Practise listening comprehension with a 3-minute video
• Learn vocabulary on the topic of sustainability and Christmas
• Discuss how they could change their habits in this or the following year to reduce their carbon footprint.

Materials: A projector, an internet connection and the slides below.
Level: B1 upwards, young learners and adults.

 

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How to ace the dreaded IELTS ‘matching headings’ reading task, even when the environment’s the topic!

Did you also think that the IELTS reading section was easy until you attempted a task in which you match headings to the paragraphs? Now you might be feeling demotivated but fear not, help is at hand. Just follow the steps shown in this activity so that from this point onward, you’ll be saying ‘IELTS reading: bring it on!’

In this activity you will

  • Look at the importance of prediction followed by gist reading the whole text.
  • Learn about the ‘traffic light’ rule for unknown vocabulary in a text.
  • Practice an IELTS type text in which you match headings to paragraphs.
  • investigate an important issue of our times.

Enlarge the Sway presentation below and click on the buttons to do the activity.

https://sway.com/s/SCWkaPXx98Z5baYe/embed