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Listening Comprehension: Talk by Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg


As a Middle School and High School English Language teacher, you can use a talk about climate change and an associated comprehension quiz to help you teach listening comprehension. This lesson plan uses the TED talk, “The disarming case to act right now on climate change” by Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg, for listening comprehension followed by answering inferential questions, detecting emotive undertones as well as answering narrow focus questions about the vocabulary used. This lesson plan also includes an exercise of writing a response to the speaker via an informal letter, thereby allowing the students to articulate their own thoughts and opinions on the matter of climate change activism and to combine those with the information they have gathered.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in English Language, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or Functional English.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Practice listening comprehension from a spoken text in English
  2. Learn to catch overt and implied information in a spoken text
  3. Combine the gleaned information and one’s personal opinions and articulate it in writing
  4. Practice writing an informal letter as a response to the speech/spoken text
  5. Integrate a climate science topic with a core topic in English Language

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Pooja Sancheti, Visiting Faculty, IISER Pune, India.

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