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A new flag?

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This lesson plan for older teenagers and adults at CEF level B1 and above looks at the symbolism and meaning of flags.

This lesson is topical for November as New Zealand is holding a referendum on choosing a new design for its flag. Students will discuss symbolism and meaning of flags, choose the design they like best and give reasons and design a new flag for their country. In part 2 they will consider issues around the referendum – is it democratic and why does New Zealand need a new flag? Is the expense justified?


  • Students develop speaking fluency around the topic of flags

Age group:

Secondary and adults


CEF level B1+


50-60 minutes


Student worksheets (download these below)

Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1