Use this lesson with secondary students at CEFR level B2 to look at extreme weather events in relation to the climate crisis.

Vehicles in a flooded street
Daniel Barber

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

In this lesson, learners will learn extreme weather vocabulary and read and listen to news reports about weather events. They then collaborate in groups and role play an emergency meeting to prepare their region for an extreme weather event. This lesson would be suitable as a supplement to a unit on weather, geography or the environment, after a recent extreme weather event, or near World Meteorological Day on 23 March.

The lesson plan and student materials have been designed to be used in either face-to-face or online teaching. If used in face-to-face teaching, a presentation is available for a no printing option. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Use vocabulary and collocations related to extreme weather events
  • Listen for specific information in news reports about extreme weather events
  • Give some examples of how we can reduce chances of the climate becoming more extreme
  • Participate in a role play to prepare the public for an extreme weather event

Age and level:

13-17 (B2)


Approximately 95 minutes or two shorter lessons


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format.

  • Lesson plan for face-to-face teaching
  • Lesson plan for online teaching
  • Presentation (PDF or PowerPoint)
  • Student worksheet (optional)
  • Audioscripts (optional)


Submitted by anna.colla on Mon, 01/29/2024 - 17:51

Hi everyvbody
I would like to use this material but I can not find the audio files.
Could you help me, please?
Thanks in advance and best regards

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 01/30/2024 - 09:13

In reply to by anna.colla

Hi anna

Thanks for your comment and for letting us know that the audio files were missing!

I've added them in now - you should be able to see them in the downloads section. You can click on the MP3 file to play it directly from the page, or download it onto your computer.

Hope you and your learners enjoy the lesson!


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Tetiana Romanovska on Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:10

Hello, unfortunately, I can´t play the audio, is it possible to fix this problem?

Hi Tetiana

Sorry you are having problems - if you are using Chrome you might not be able to play the audio directly from the page - you can download the audio file to your device from the downloads. Alternatively try using a different web browser, like Firefox or Safari - the player should work without any problems.

Thanks and enjoy the lesson,


TE Team

Research and insight

Browse fascinating case studies, research papers, publications and books by researchers and ELT experts from around the world.

See our publications, research and insight