Stop food waste

Lesson plan overview

This ESL lesson plan for intermediate and upper-intermediate students aims to raise awareness of the issue of food waste. Students learn useful collocations, complete an awareness questionnaire, watch a video and are given plenty of opportunities to speak about this important environmental topic.
Speaking: The worksheet starts with an awareness survey bringing students’ attention to the magnitude of the food waste problem. Then students talk about different types of food they are most likely to throw away uneaten.

Vocabulary: Students learn relevant vocabulary and collocations (e.g. surplus food, fussy eater, unsold food, get on board) by matching sentences with similar meaning. To practise these expressions, they complete 6 questions and discuss these questions in pairs or small groups.

Listening: Students watch a video  “Canadians get creative in solving food waste problem”. They take notes about the different initiatives mentioned in the video. In the second listening exercise students are asked to complete extracts from the video with the words they hear. In a post-listening discussion they share their opinions about the information in the video.

Speaking: The last exercise is a checklist with measures to minimise our food waste. Students complete the checklist in pairs and talk about the different ways they can improve and waste less food.

Homework: 3 research topics are suggested which aim to develop the topic further. The topics, combined with the additional resources provided on provide plenty of extra opportunities for contact with topic-related vocabulary in order to reinforce and enrich it.

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Vocabulary matching


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

1.climate    2.enough   3.microorganisms    4. supply    5. storage   6.rely

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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