Tackling rising sea levels
Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson plan for intermediate and upper-intermediate students explores the environmental topic of rising sea levels. Students learn vocabulary to talk about natural disasters, watch a video about coastal cities and have plenty of opportunities to speak with the conversation questions included in the lesson.
Vocabulary: After an initial discussion, the vocabulary about natural disasters and environmental issues is introduced. Students match the environmental issue to the sentence that describes it. Then they discuss which of these problems are typical for different parts of the world.
Then students learn synonyms of “deal with” and run out of”. The last vocabulary activity is a pre-listening activity where a few expressions and idioms from the video are pre-taught.
Listening: Students watch a news report “US coastal cities trying to hold back rising sea levels” and complete a gap-fill exercise. After they watch the video, students discuss the measures proposed and their ideas about the future of coastal cities.
The lesson concludes with a speaking practice exercise in which students complete a few questions with the newly-learned vocabulary and use them as conversation starters.
Homework: 3 research topics are suggested which aim to develop the topic further. The topics, combined with the additional resources provided on theenglishflows.com provide plenty of extra opportunities for contact with topic-related vocabulary in order to reinforce and enrich it.
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