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Use this lesson with secondary students to explore the issues surrounding fast fashion.

The Climate Action in Language Education series

This lesson is part of our series of 'Climate Action in Language Education' teaching materials. There are twelve lesson plans in the series, available for teachers of primary, secondary and adult learners of English. See the full list of lesson plans in this series.

About this lesson plan

This lesson focuses on fast fashion, presenting key data in the form of an infographic. By teaching teenagers more about this topic, we can help them to develop the vocabulary they need to take part in important dialogues around sustainability in the future and help them understand that there are alternatives to fast fashion. The lesson begins with a warmer to introduce the topic. This is followed by a matching word–definition task, with keywords that appear in the infographic. Learners then have an opportunity to practise saying big numbers and statistics before they complete the infographic and discuss the information, including thinking of ways they can change their habits in the future. The lesson finishes with a brainstorming activity in which learners find and present ideas for upcycling a T-shirt.

The lesson plan and student materials have been designed to be used in either face-to-face classrooms or remote teaching contexts.


  • To raise awareness of sustainability issues
  • To review and learn vocabulary related to fast fashion
  • To practise saying big numbers and statistics
  • To promote communication and collaborative skills
  • To develop reading, speaking and visual literacy skills

Age and level:

Lower secondary learners at pre-intermediate level (CEFR A2)


60 minutes approximately


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format.

  • Lesson plan for remote teaching contexts
  • Lesson plan for face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Remote teaching class presentation
  • Student worksheets