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 […]


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

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 […]

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

A green travel language lesson

Why a Green Travel Language Lesson? I wrote this green travel language lesson plan during a period when I travelled a great deal by train. I did this both to see the world and to try out a more ecologically-friendly way to travel. Did you know that taking the train instead of flying is much more environmentally friendly. What is […]