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05 May adults Animals biodiversity C1 World Bee Day

20th May: World Bee Day

To Bee or not to Bee? That is the question for class on 20th May. Learn more about these fascinating and vital insects in your English class. This fantastic lesson for B2 and above by Tabea Heimbach and Stan Townsend will give your learners the opportunity to:

  • share their knowledge while discussing the topic of bees
  • read an infographic to add to what they know about the subject
  • challenge their listening skills watching a video while adding to their understanding of the issue
  • share ideas on what can solve the problems bees and people face

Click on the link below for lesson slides and teachers’ notes

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04 April Earth Day reduce, reuse, recycle: cutting down waste solutions

April 22nd: If you’re a kid… What are you doing for Earth Day?

Why not celebrate Earth Day this April in class? In this lesson for young learners, students of A2 level and above will:

  • Find out about Earth day and how it is relevant to them.
  • Learn vocabulary related to being green.
  • Practice listening with a great song about being green.

For the lesson here is a slideshow for classroom use, a lesson plan here, and worksheets here.

Why not use this version of the slides below if you have internet in your classroom?

Children: If you want to dance and sing along to this song while you do the exercises, please do! 🙂

Before the Song:

April 22nd is Earth Day. On this day people do things that are good for the Earth, such as plant trees or recycle plastic. What other things do you think they do? Make a list of 4 or 5 things.

While you listen to the song:

Are any of the things on your list in the song? Listen, and find out (by all means sing along and dance too!)

Language Learning:

Read these phrases. Listen to the song again. Which phrases are in the song and which are not? Put a tick or a cross.

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health

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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Global Goals media and communication Teacher Development

Goal 15: Life on land

How can you make your language lessons help learners develop their digital literacy? Is it too much to ask that they also support learners in finding solutions to the global issues that affect them? Find out with this training video and access the lesson materials for your own use.

Sustainable English Teacher Training Videos

Remix Literacy

Remix literacy can be a powerful tool for casting a new light on things, and it definitely merits a place in the ELT classroom, and beautifully complements a focus on serious global issues. Goal 15: Life on Land, is a highly accessible goal for people as we are all aware of the need to protect and restore the terrestrial environment around us.

Find out how to bring these into your class with this video:

Interested in using this in class? Then take a look at the lesson slides behind the video:

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Education Global Goals Teacher Development

Goal 4: Quality Education

How can we use the Global Goals in language teaching? How can we also use them as a context to help learners develop their digital literacies? Last year I explored this for an MA assignment, and I’m going to share teacher training materials that address these questions. Let’s start with Global Goal 4: Quality Education and Information Literacy. Watch the training video and try out the lesson with your classes, and let me know how it goes!

Sustainable English Teacher Training Videos

Information Literacy

How can we raise awareness of Global Goal 4: Quality Education in our classes while supporting the development of ‘information Literacy? Find out here!

“The responsibility for after-the-fact checking now falls on users. Our students must learn to ask critical questions about information found online.”

Hockly, Dudeney and Pelgrum, Digital Literacies, Pearson, 2013

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