Universal basic income

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social welfare lesson plan


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.

C1 / Advanced60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

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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  1. Hello,
    I think this is a great lesson plan that address a controversial and current topic. I want to do it with my students but I’ve seen the video is not available in YouTube anymore, do you know if I can find it anywhere else?
    Thank you in advance.
    Keep up the good work!


    1. It seems it disappeared from YouTube that’s why we linked in the same segment available on Facebook – you can watch it above or see the links in pdfs/e-lesson plan. Hope you’re going to enjoy talking about UBI with your students!


      1. Thank you very much for your swift reply.

        I can’t watch the video on this page and the link in the worksheet doesn’t work, and I haven’t found it on Facebook either. I did watch it here when you first put it up, but didn’t take any notes on the name of speakers or program, so I don’t know how I can find it. If you can tell me any of these details I may try to find it somewhere else.

        Thanks a million!


        1. Hmm, the link to the video is this: https://fb.watch/2fuekQHI4-/ and it’s a segment of Joe Rogen’s podcast withTulsi Gabbard on Universal Basic Income. It works fine on our end, both when we’re logged in on Facebook and not.


          1. That link works, thanks a million!


          2. That link works, thank you very much.


  2. There is a mistake in :’wouldn´t want to do nothing…’, unless it is supposed to be bad grammar for the C1 student to identify?


    1. Oh, yeah after looking at it again, we figured it was awkward and probably wrong. The whole sentence was ‘If it [UBI] was just the base of our income, people wouldn’t want to do nothing and stay poor.’ So the idea is that they wouldn’t want to stay at home and do nothing. We phrased that sentence to convey the same meaning but avoided this confusing double negation there. Thanks for bring this to our attention.


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