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 […]

September 20th: Climate Action – A Multimedia Website

On September 20th climate strikes take place across the world. Why not address the issue in your class? Find out more in this lesson for B2 and above. Learners will: look at how multimedia elements (film, image, text, and sound) combine to create a strong message. investigate how a website for an environmental action group uses multimedia to create a […]

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 […]

Women’s Day Environment Language Lesson

What’s the Connection between International Women’s Day and the Environment? An International Women’s Day environment language lesson touches three bases. First, addressing gender bias is an important thing for any teacher. Second, dialogue around the environmental crises is a valuable thing in a language lesson. Third, looking at the intersectionality between these areas is ground that needs to be covered. […]

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 […]