This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at level B1 explores the theme of cycling. Students will have a discussion about reducing carbon emissions.


In this lesson students think about and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cycling and consider what else they could do personally to reduce their carbon emissions.






90 mins


  • Language: to help students talk about the pros and cons.
  • Skills: to develop students’ reading skills 
  • Content: Learners look at cycling as a way to reduce personal transport carbon emissions


Lesson plan: download guide for teacher on procedure

Worksheets: download for use in class

By Owain Llewellyn 

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Submitted by agayeva shefeq7394 on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 20:05


I found this lesson plan extremely helpful. I have done this lesson with the seventh form. It was totally appropriate to their level. The students were very active enthuastic during the whole the lesson. They discussed other advantages of cycling such as, cycling saves your money becanuse cars need petrol and to be repaired, bicycle also save space cause you can park ten bicycles in a parking space, etc.


I am glad you found this lesson helpful! I am glad your students enjoyed it.

I used it again recently and wanted to change a couple of things:

  • Stage 2 maybe needs feedback at the end where learners tell the class about the persona they have created. Ask students what their character enjoys and doesn't enjoy about cycling. This prepares the class for the next stage.
  • Stage 5 they have talked about what will encourage people to cycle more. Ask 'Why is this good?' Elicit that it reduces pollution. Brainstorm other things that reduce pollution and put ideas on the board before going to stage 6 focussing on other ways to reduce environmental impact.

I'd be interested to know if you agree with this.

best wishes,


p.s. if you like doing environment as a theme in class, I'd love to know what you think of my other lesson plan: 

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Submitted by joekernow on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:50


Thank you for a really good lesson plan. I've used this for my teenager and adult class but also added a forth category of family members. I then, in groups, let them chose a member of the family and they described this member to the class. Another group then decides on the job and free time activity of this person and so forth til all the gropus were done, just for fun. The students really enjoyed this part. I also got them to find synonoms for Tall, Short, Fat and Thin, as I found these four descriptive adjectives kept on coming up time and time again so I banned them. That was really good fun as well.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:06

In reply to by joekernow


Thanks for the feedback - the ideas you used in class sound great. We are glad that your class enjoyed the lesson too! Cath

Submitted by Liberio Gomez Juarez on Wed, 09/22/2021 - 15:10


Greetings, thank you for sharing inspiring ideas. 

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