C2 · Proficiency C2 listening · Reading · vocabulary activity

How Urbane Farming Saved a Dallas Community

I’m so grateful to have found this video by Freethink, that will not only provide my students with the opportunity to speak about community problems, but it is also witnesses an inspiring approach to dealing with poverty, famine and the feeling of hopelessness. It also proves that WE as CITIZENS CAN rethink how our system is harming people and set out to make great changes, above all, now in times of the pandemic, where many people, who were already living with hand to mouth, are desperately in need of solutions.

Lead-in

Before watching the video below, let’s do a couple of pre-listening activities.

  • What types of problems are common in your community? Here’s a quiz to help you remember some vocabulary. Click on the button below, read and flip the cards.
  • How many of the words on the cards address problems that affect your community and in what degree?

video from Freethink
C1 · C2 · Listening · Reading · speaking

Food waste and what we can do about it.

In 2016 Huffpost launched a campaign calling for action against the astronomical amount of food that was being dumped into the bins by supermarkets in the USA. Although the article is already over three years old, I’ve adapted it as a reading activity that you can do after listening to the video that briefly explains why we should think seriously about this matter. After reading the text, you may want to discuss the questions below with a partner and/or write a letter.

I hope you enjoy the lesson!

Serena

Think and discuss

  1. Do you think governments should curb food waste within households and businesses? Give reasons for your answer.
  2. Why do you think supermarkets and chain stores prefer to discard their produce rather than sale it at a reduced price?
  3. In some states of USA it is illegal to scavenge. Do you agree with this law? What reasons do you think are behind it?
B1 · B2

The 10 Scariest stories from Madeleine Davies’ blog, Jezebel

Now the cold weather has arrived, people retire from the streets early to take refuge in their warm houses and, as usual there is nothing decent on telly. Now is the time when we really feel like curling up on our couches, cat-like, with a hot cup of tea, cocoa or coffee, opening an enjoyable book for a peaceful evening read.   Many of you have told me about your literary taste, and a few even said they were keen on horror stories.  I happened to come across Madeleine’s blog with these incredible, bone-chilling stories and I would like to share them with you.

Be aware! You may hear strange noises, see creeping shadows and never, ever sleep again!

Click to Jezebel blog