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ESL lesson on energy production

LESSON OVERVIEW

The main objectives of this ESL lesson on energy production are to:

  • talk about energy sources, production and consumption;
  • practise energy-related vocabulary;
  • watch and discuss a video on renewable energy.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary to discuss energy sources, talk about local and global power generation, and watch a short video about electricity trading in Australia. They also examine statistics on global electricity production, discuss sustainable energy and give their opinion on the subject.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

WARM-UP AND VOCABULARY

This ESL lesson on energy production starts with a warm-up in which students read quotes about the topic, decide who the author of each of them is and explain their reasoning. Then, they say which comment they consider the most insightful and why. After that, students explore energy-related vocabulary. They read definitions of places and things (e.g. a device that converts sunlight into electricity) and use words (e.g. dam, fossil, fuels, etc.) to create two- and three-word phrases (e.g. hydroelectric dam, wind turbine, solar panel, etc.). Next, students say which of the places and things are present or used where they live. They also explain how they think the situation has changed over the years. Afterwards, students complete gaps in pairs of sentences about energy consumption with the correct form of the words provided (e.g. rely – reliance, relying, reliant). Then, they choose a statement from each pair and say to what extent they agree with it.

VIDEO AND DISCUSSION

In this part of this ESL lesson on energy production students look at graphs showing global electricity statistics and discuss questions about electricity production trends, sustainable energy and future changes. Then, they watch a video titled “How Australians Are Trading Solar Energy With Their Neighbors” and answer questions about it. After that, students look at comments about the video (e.g. It’s a great idea to get passive income.) and say which one matches their opinion and which one they disagree with most. They also provide some details.  

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This lesson plan also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students complete sentences using the correct form of words. Then, they choose three sentences and decide what happened next. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.

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  1. Dedene Nelson-Court

    Brilliant! This will be very useful. Thank you!

    1. Ewa

      That’s great to hear. Thanks!

  2. Saulo Dias

    Excellent class! Thanks a million ❤️

    1. Ewa

      Thank you for kind words 🙂

  3. Adriana Chagas

    please more classes like this one! it’s exactly what I was looking for!

    1. Ewa

      I’m glad the lesson is useful 🙂

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