This lesson takes a light hearted look at the economic crisis, or ‘credit crunch' as it's often referred to in the UK.

Although some of the task are better suited to higher levels, several of the activities can be used with low levels too.
Firstly, students are asked to rank global problems from most to least important to them. Then there is a brief vocabulary activity using newspaper headlines. There is then a collaborative reading task where students read advice about how to save money, before writing their own tips. Students then write a description of an object in order to try and ‘freecycle’ it, as well as a short role play where they will try to persuade a friend to lend them money. Finally students work in groups to come up with a get rich quick scheme.


• To learn vocabulary related to money and economics
• To practise reading skills
• To practise speaking skills
• To practise describing objects

Age group: 12- adult

Level: B1 / B2

Time: 60 minutes

Materials: Credit crunch student worksheet and lesson plan


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