Bring Earth Day into the EFL Classroom with Verse

Bring Earth Day into the EFL Classroom with Verse

How do we mark Earth Day in the EFL classroom while we are in a lockdown or social distancing? This is the question that students address in this online lesson by Stefanie Ritch for her assignment when she was a participant in the online course ‘Language Teaching for the Planet’. Stef and I worked on this lesson together and here is the final outcome which we are both very pleased with. Earth Day is a great opportunity to embed sustainability into your classes because on this day students come to class with environmental issues on their minds even before you open this discussion. This bridges the gap between what is happening in the classroom and what is happening in learners lives outside the classroom walls. This also presents opportunities for extramural language learning, the incidental learning of a language outside of formal classes as there is likely to be a lot on the internet and social media about this topic on this day.

This lesson is ideal for teenagers and adults B1 above and it has been designed with online teaching in mind. In this lesson, students will:

  • Learn about Earth Day
  • Engage with a poem by spoken word artist Prince Ea
  • Discuss ways to celebrate Earth Day during lock-down

This activity has been designed with Earth Day in mind, but for us, every day is Earth Day and you can use this lesson on any other day of the year too if you wish! The slides are in google slides and you can download them and modify them for your class needs.

Here is an interactive presentation you can use for your class:

Here are downloadable slides for the lesson:

How do you use verse and songs to raise awareness of environmental issues? How will you mark Earth Day in the EFL classroom? If you have any ideas, share them in the comments or via the contact page!

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