Title: Problems of the Planet
Objectives: by the end of the lesson students will have become more aware of the environmental problems.
Vocabulary: words related to global issues.
Listening: listening to specific information, table filling.
Speaking: making suggestions, providing solutions.
Grammar: clauses of result, purpose; Сonditionals II
What is this poem about?
I’d like to start with the following. The protection of nature has become one of the most burning problems. The Earth provides people with mineral resourses, rivers, forests, fields. The development of industry has had bad influence on the nature of the whole world. People often do things which cause the land, water and air pollution. It is very dangerous as it damages people’s health.
The accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power station in April 1986 caused radioactive contamination of a vast area. Environmental protection is a great concern today.
So, today we are going to discuss the most important problems of our planet and try to find out the ways of their solving.
Let’s revise the words and word-combinations we need to discuss the nature protection problems.
Students translate from Ukrainian into English:
e.g. знищення лісів, ставати вимираючими, опинитися перед обличчям зникнення, проблеми дихання, скидати відходи у річку, etc.
(It’s also possible to use slides)
Students listen to the tape (ex.11. p. 80), then they talk about the problems, causes and effects using the table. They practice in using consequently, as a consequence, as a result, therefore to link the causes with the effects.
Students work in groups. Then they ask their questions.
e.g. Ukrainian ecologists:
- Do you have a state policy of environmental protection?
- What about Britain’s support of international co-operation on the environment?
- What does the government of Great Britain aim?
- What is necessary to do to protect nature?
- Much work has already been done, hasn’t it? Etc.
Conservationists from GB:
Students’ answers, marks.
Groups of students show their presentations and talk about the problem presented.
5. I’d like to ask you one more question. What would you do to protect nature if you were the leader of the country?
And the last question. What should we do to make our Earth a better place to live?
I’d like one of you to sum-up our work today. Please, summarise your opinion. What conclusion can we come to having discussed such problems of ecology as friendly and harmful environment?
One student summarises his opinion.
e.g. We all know that Earth is our home. We must take care of it. Nothing is more important to our survival than air, helthy food and pure water. We’ll be able to save the planet and nature only if all the nations combine their efforts in caring for the planet. People must understand that if they don’t stop pollute the environment , they will turn our planet into a desert of concrete and stone. The burning problem of nature protection must unite people of different countries and different social systems.
2. Brief reference ahead to next lesson.