June 3rd: World Bicycle Day

When was the last time you felt the freedom of riding a bike? So many of us have not felt it since childhood. Let’s celebrate the bicycle for World Bicycle Day in this lesson for B1 and above. In this lesson we: Discuss celebrations and parties Watch a charming video of friends organising a party and we stealthily bring in […]

Earth Hour Language Lesson

What and when is Earth Hour? Earth Hour is held every last Saturday of March. It’s a movement in which millions show their support for the planet by switching of their lights for one hour. It also goes far beyond that, so you can learn what else happens at the event here: https://www.earthhour.org/ Why Teach the Earth Hour Language Lesson? […]

#Fridaysforfuture Special: Lesson Plan

Did you know that school children across the world and in the UK going on strike on Fridays? Find out why with your students and: Read an authentic text with support Discuss what you feel strongly about Write a set of demands Read each others’ demands Level: B1 upwards Time: 60 – 90 minutes Preparation and materials: Lesson Plan. Internet […]

Adbusters: Raising Remix Literacy Skills

How do we engage students to learn English while using their ‘remix literacy’ skills? By ‘remix literacy’ we mean the ability to take existing content and make something totally new. Memes are an example of this as people write their own text over a famous picture. Try this lesson and students will:  analyse some remixed images discuss the role of […]

November – Black Friday or #BuyNothingDay?

Black Friday is coming. Did you know that for many people it is international Buy Nothing Day? Why do people choose this? Find out more with this lesson Suitable for classes B1 upwards. Learners will: discuss shopping habits analyse an image about Buy Nothing Day Persuade their friends to have a day without shopping It contains teacher’s notes, lasts between […]

October: Black History Month: I will be a hummingbird, by Wangari Maathai

October is Black History Month, in which we celebrate the history, achievements, and contributions of black people across the world in all areas of life. SustainableEnglish looks at the great Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who founded the Greenbelt movement and won the 2004 Nobel peace prize. In this activity you will: Watch a video and practice listening. Look at expressions […]