Number one for English language teachers

Geography and the environment

Activities on climate change, global warming, and key cities and countries around the world. These thought-provoking reading and speaking activities get students to engage with timely environmental issues while practicing reading and speaking skills.

Inside Geography and the environment

  • Global warming

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A comprehensive lesson plan by Adrian Tennant on the topical issue of global warming. There are vocabulary and reading exercises and role cards to start a lively debate on the subject which is now firmly back on the agenda with recent weather events around the world.

  • Climate change

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and discussion activities on the topic of climate change.

  • Geography expert quiz

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    Pairwork information-gap activity in which students label a map of the world with well-known rivers, mountains, deserts, seas and oceans. They compare answers with a partner to find out how good their knowledge of geography really is!

  • Mount Teide

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and discussion activities about the volcano on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

  • Whales

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    What type of animals are whales? What are the characteristics of the Blue whale, the Sperm whale and the Bowhead whale? Do whales have teeth? Your students will find out all about these magnificent creatures via a reading text with quiz, comprehension-check questions and a role-play exercise. Teacher’s notes provide full guidance including a list of websites with useful whale video clips.

  • Environment: Integrated Skills CLIL Lesson plan

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    In this lesson plan, students learn about important environmental issues: recycling in the UK, saving water in the garden and pollution. A collaborative project asks students to prepare a presentation on pollution. Useful phrases, tips for effective reading and writing and vocabulary builder activities are also included. The listening exercise focuses on water scarcity.

  • Spot the Ecological Difference

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    In this ecological information exchange activity, students ask and answer questions about their pictures of a busy street scene. Vocabulary provided includes: traffic, trees, pure water, solar power and clean air. Includes focused practice of there is/there are and many/much/a lot of.

  • Comparing capitals

    Level: Elementary Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students work in pairs to compare capital cities London, England and Tallinn, Estonia.

  • Countries of Africa

    Level: Pre-intermediate Staff Room

    In this activity, students use the comparative and superlative forms to help their partner guess the appropriate African countries.

  • Hotter and hotter

    Level: Elementary Staff Room

    In this group activity, students discuss the climate and brainstorm ways to prevent global warming.

  • Once visited, never forgotten

    Level: Pre-intermediate Staff Room

    This reading quiz about Ireland helps students practise their reading skills and learn new vocabulary.

  • Renewable Energy Technologies

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate

    In this lesson plan, students read about four sources of renewable energy and discuss which they would invest in.

  • Rivers

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Staff Room

    What is the longest river in Europe? Which river contains the most water? What are tributaries? In this lesson plan, students work in groups and pairs to read and answer questions, as well as to label a diagram and learn about the course of a river. They also use recommended websites to find out more.

  • Spider's fear for the future

    Level: Intermediate Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students ask a partner questions to complete a text about an environmentalist’s concerns. This helps students to practise several verb tenses and question forms.

  • The Weather

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students match basic weather adjectives with their pictorial depictions, before categorising more subject-specific terminology such as ‘cumulus’, ‘vapour’ and ‘gale’. Students identify these terms in a series of short reading texts and complete a true/false quiz. An extra activity in the teacher’s notes focuses on weather collocates.

  • Three Capital Cities

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Staff Room

    In this lesson plan, students explore three European capital cities – Copenhagen, Lisbon and Prague – to learn about their history and famous landmarks. Working in groups, students match photographs and descriptions to the correct city, and read texts to match meanings to the appropriate word. Students can extend their travels by visiting recommended websites.

  • Whether the weather is good ...

    Staff Room

    Whether the weather is good … or bad, this worksheet and sentence making challenge will keep students interested. Topics covered are weather, temperature, and climate, with a focus on the four seasons.

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