Take action!

Take Action!

In this lesson we are encouraged to take action over an important issue; the threat of oil companies like Shell moving into the Arctic to drill for oil with potentially devastating consequences.

The outcome of the lesson is students write a short text persuading people to take action on the course of their choosing. They use language for persuasion which is the language focus of this lesson. Suitable for B1 level and above, teenagers or adults.

A radical, unapologetic eco-lesson, encouraging active citizenship. Use it at an in-company class with the oil industry at your discretion!

Click link for lesson plan document: Taking action over an important issue

Bike-sharing

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:

bike sharing

Prize-Winners

Prize-winners

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

School Environment Audit

In this lesson for young learners, the class make an environmental audit for the school. Children are always being told what to do by adults, and this gives them the chance to judge how well adults and their school are doing, and make recommendations for them. This lesson is suitable for young learners from 7 to 13 years old, from A2 level upwards.

Lesson plan: school environment audit

Creating energy sustainably

Here is a jigsaw reading on the topic of interesting ways to generate energy, whether it is to power a ship or a disco or charge up your mobile phone!

This lesson plan can be used with B1 level students and above, and the video of the disco that generates electricity from people dancing is a great way to show that sustainable living is FUN!

creating energy sustainably

Climate Change Overview

Climate Change

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:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/lesson-plans/climate-change-overview

Cycling

Cycling is fun, though so many of us forget once we reach adulthood. It is also an excellent form of urban transport. Quick, sociable, healthy. What’s more, it is much better for the environment than almost all the competition.

Here is a lesson of mine on the topic of cycling. Click the link to be redirected to its location on the British Council’s teachingenglish website:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/lesson-plans/cycling

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Eco Achievers

It’s great to hear about people who have done great things. All to often high achievers in language course-books are the same business people, sports personalities and pop stars. Here is a lesson about high achievers in another field, conservation.

I worked in Morocco and Bulgaria, and tried to localise the topic. Try to find out about someone in your country and include them as it is more relevant to students if the topic is localised.

eco achievers

Reducing your Carbon Footprint

A lesson based around the British organisation, 10:10, which aims to help people, businesses and organisations reduce their carbon emissions; by 10% a year! This lesson looks at what helps us reduce our carbon emissions (and what doesn’t)!

reducing your carbon footprint

Eco-tourism: travel by train

Did you know that taking the train instead of flying is much more environmentally friendly? Travelling by Eurostar creates ten times less carbon emissions that flying the same route! Not to mention it’s more fun and you get to see more – it’s the journey, not just the destination, after all!

Language teaching course-books rarely focus on this great way of travelling, but here is an internet lesson lesson that does just that.

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This lesson does require access to computers connected to the internet.

Hello world!

Do you teach English as a foreign language? Maybe you dread the chapter in the course-book on the topic of the environment, or maybe you are into the environment and you want to use it as a theme in your lessons.

Either way, this is the site for you! Regularly updated lessons for the ELT classroom on the topic of sustainability.

I am an English language teacher for the British Council. I am also an environmentalist. pride myself on producing motivating lessons on the topic of sustainability. Here are some of the lessons I have produced for the British Council’s learnenglish website.

Look forward to more exciting content soon!