2022’s most important events

Lesson plan overview

This B2-C1 lesson is about the most important events of 2022. It’s great as a review lesson to end 2022 or to teach at the beginning of 2023. Students will discuss news headlines and most searched for terms in Google. There are a number of current events and trends lessons that can be combined with this lesson, e.g. “Queen Elizabeth II”, “Inflation and young people”, “Monkeypox”, “The great resignation”, “Quiet quitting and quiet firing”, “Patagonia owner gives away the company”, “Robot appointed as CEO”, “Heatwaves”.

First, students are asked to complete 3 sentences about 2022 with their own ideas and discuss them. Then, they are given a few photos illustrating events that took place in 2022. Students say what they know about each one and its significance.
Vocabulary: Students look at 12 headlines of 2022’s top news stories and complete them with the correct words ( e.g. spread, invade, collapse, breakthrough). Then students are asked to put the events in order of importance and discuss a couple of questions.
Pre-listening and video: Later in the class, students will watch a video “Google reveals the most searched for terms of 2022“. Before they do, they write down their own ideas and give reasons for their choice. Then they look at the actual list released by Google and try to guess what each term refers to. After that they watch the video to check their ideas and write down more details. Then they complete extracts of the video with the correct word or expression (go south, fallout, pass away).
Then students match the words to their definitions. To practise, students complete a few sentences with their own ideas.
Speaking: Lastly, students are asked to prepare a presentation about the 5 most important 2022 events of their country.
You can use the conversation cards for additional speaking practice.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

Comprehension questions

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