This social welfare lesson plan deals with UBI, that is universal basic income. Have you heard of that concept before? In a nutshell, it’s an idea that the government gives all adult citizens a flat monthly payment – no strings attached. Got you curious? I bet it will get your students interested too 🙂 Students will get a lot of related vocabulary to learn as well as express their opinions on UBI and other social welfare issues. Moreover, they will watch a video that sparks the discussion and serves as a basis for a debate.
This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.
First, students need to learn some vocabulary. In the first exercise they need to replace the underlined words and phrases in the sentences with the correct words and phrases from the list. The list includes the following vocabulary: on the dole, underprivileged, tax relief, subsidize, scheme, disparity, allocate, eligible. Next, they have another exercise on vocabulary, but this time they need match words to their meanings. The last part consists of a short text about UBI. The exercise is a typical CAE open cloze task in which students have to think of the word which fits each gaps.
The in‐class worksheet of this social welfare lesson plan starts with a discussion. Students have to express their opinion on different social welfare issues. The sentences for a discussion are taken from the first exercise in the worksheet that students we supposed to do before the class. Then, they watch a short podcast and find out what attitude towards UBI the speakers have. The second listening comprehension task is divided in two parts. Students need to watch parts of the video and find words that fit the meanings given. Finally, students read the opinions about UBI and discuss whether they agree or disagree with them. After that, they have to collect some arguments in favour of or against UBI and hold a debate with their classmates. If your students don’t have any ideas for arguments in favour of or against this topic, check what other people think on Kialo.
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