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Reading Skills: Rewild the Child

Ideal for exam classes and teacher-training. This lesson practices skills common in exams like FCE, IELTs, and  Aptis; deducing meaning from context, and choosing the best heading for each paragraph. Based around George Monbiot’s article ‘Rewild the Child’, which argues for a radical rethink in how we educate children by getting them out of the classroom and taking them outdoors. […]

Detox Fashion

They say you can tell next season’s hottest trend by looking at the colour of the rivers in Mexico and China. That’s because global fashion brands like Calvin Klein and GAP are using hazardous chemicals and dyes to make our clothes. In this lesson students watch a fantastic mock anime film trailer in which our superheros expose the dark side […]

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 […]

Bike-sharing language lesson

Why a bike-sharing language lesson? I wrote this language lesson because bike-sharing schemes must be one of the best infrastructure developments in cities in recent years. Turn up, pay for a bike, ride it to the next drop-off point, and you are there! In terms of reducing pollution, getting fit, and making cities more pleasant places to live, it’s a […]

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 […]

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! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzb3VFi3Sew?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360] 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 […]

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 and Reducing Carbon Emissions

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 […]

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 […]