Alternative power: A car that runs on air

This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at pre intermediate level and above explores the theme of alternative power. Students will have an opportunity to develop their reading skills.


This lesson focuses on developing understanding of a text about a car that runs on air.
The exercises guide the students through developing an understanding of the key areas of the text. They also develop the ability to deduce the meaning of words from their context. In the final part of the lesson there are materials that help to structure a discussion of some of the important issues that surround the text.

Note this is an old plan, so the webpage it links to is no longer available. You can print out the texts from the lesson plan below though.


Alternative power


Pre-intermediate and above


60 minutes


Lesson Plan: - guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

Worksheets: - exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Complete text
  • Comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary deduction exercise
  • Discussion activities

You can download the lesson plan and worksheet below.

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