The aim of the lesson is to learn who makes our chocolate and, importantly, who receives our money each time we buy a bar of chocolate. Students will become aware of the injustices.

Kate Cory-Wright


The lesson is suitable for 7 July (World Chocolate Day) or can be used as a stand-alone lesson.

In this lesson students do a few reading activities where they read about different stages of the journey and they learn where most/least of their money goes. They are ‘paid’ by the teacher in squares of chocolate, so that they actually feel the unfairness of the system. They finish with a discussion on the injustices.


  • To celebrate World Chocolate Day on 7 July
  • To raise awareness of the injustices of the chocolate trade and how we can help as customers
  • To develop speed reading skills
  • To extend students’ oral fluency in discussions


Teenagers and adults


CEF level B1 and B2


50 - 60 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below in PDF format.

The activities in this lesson plan ask students to use a number of higher level thinking skills. If you would like to know more about how to include a focus on critical thinking skills in the language classroom, you might like to study our self-access training module: Engaging with thinking skills



I think that this is a very important subject for students who are often unaware of how the chocolate they eat reach them. Besides , the texts are rich in vocabulary, the project of making an ad to sensitize people about the topic is also very interesting.

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