Let’s talk about the climate emergency – English vocabulary lesson
Lexical teaching is a great way to get your students’ sounding natural and not have them stressing out by, instead of focusing on form and grammar, we show them lexical ‘chunks’ in context.
This makes sense, right? We use different phrases and different tones depending on what we’re talking about.
In this video, we look at the climate emergency and how we can talk about it.
This topic is important. In fact, it’s probably the most important topic humanity has ever needed to address because it concerns the very existence of human life on this planet.
Lexical learning can be a very effective way for learners to pick up natural language in context. When we give our learners the tools to create sentences, we’re only half-way there. Not only should our learners know what’s possible in English (like what’s grammatically accurate), but they should also know what’s probable.
Seeing language in context is a great way for them to bridge the gap between awkward and unnatural sounding terminology and something more commonly used, and therefore, something that the person they’re communicating with is listening out for.
There are lots of ways you could use this kind of lesson. The video is just a resource to adapt.
You could show it to your students and ask them to make notes of the new or interesting phrases.
You could give them the vocabulary before the video and get them to match the vocab to definitions, then show them the video, then give them the definitions and see if they can remember the phrases.
You might also want the students to talk about the subject themselves. Ask them to discuss the topic or create some simple conversation questions on the topic. Hopefully, they’ll start using the phrases from the video!
No one knows your students better than you. Watching the video alone will take a few minutes, but you can really go to town with this vocab and turn it into a four-hour Task-Based Learning lesson.