Free Environment Lesson Plans for ESL Teachers

Welcome to our collection of free environment lesson plans designed specifically for ESL teachers! The lesson plans below cover a wide range of both levels and skills. Our lesson plans are crafted to educate and inform on the most pressing issue of our times.

These lesson plans are perfect for bringing real-world environmental issues into your classroom, helping students improve their English while understanding important global topics.

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Climate Change and Pollution

An Intermediate Listening Lesson Plan

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Global Change

Target Language: Functional language, talking about the environment, climate change.
Description: Students are asked about some well-known controversial topics at the outset, before listening to a heated discussion between two friends about climate change and how real it is. The lesson focuses on some vocabulary related to environmental topics and the functional language of expressing your opinion and getting your point across.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L13

Global Change - Listening File

Description: Two friends have a discussion about the authenticity of claims about climate change.
Dialect: North American English | Length: 5m 51s

A Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Lesson Plan

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Our Earth

Target Language: Vocabulary related to the environment, phonetics.
Description: Focus on the vocabulary associated with environmental issues with some work also on the pronunciation of certain harder words too.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2V5

An Advanced Listening Lesson Plan

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Turn Off That Light

Target Language: Talking about saving energy, listening to radio interview.
Description: The core of this lesson is a 6m 45 second radio interview in which an expert on light pollution discusses the negative effects and possible solutions to city lighting becoming an environment issue. Students also discuss other ways of saving energy and their own opinions on light pollution.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L6

Turn Off That Light - Listening File

Description: Dialogue between male radio presenter and female light pollution expert.
Dialect: North American English | Length: 6m 47s

Water and Land Management

An Intermediate Reading Lesson

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The Shrinking Lake

Target Language: Discussing the environment, reading.
Description: A lesson based around environmental problems which has as its focus point an article about Lake Chad. The lesson finishes with a speaking game about different problems in the environment.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R1

An Intermediate Role Play Lesson

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Corston Vale Relief Road

Target Language: Role Play: persuading, agreeing, disagreeing, negotiating, etc.
Description: Students are divided into groups and try to reach a decision on the location of a new road.
Duration: 1 hour minimum. Lesson Plan Code: 3RP1

An Advanced Role Play Lesson

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The Dam

Target Language: Generation of electricity, discussing/persuading/disagreeing.
Description: Students are divided into groups and try to reach a decision on whether to construct a hydro-electric dam or not.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4RP1

Socioeconomic Issues

An Advanced Speaking Lesson

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Poor And Poorer

Target Language: Describing photos, vocabulary of poverty/politics.
Description: Students give their opinions at the start of the lesson on a range of topics such as poverty/aid/3rd World development, etc. Short reading extracts are used to teach/revise vocabulary in this topic field. The final part of the lesson pulls all of this together, getting students talking about photographs taken in the developing world.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4S3

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