Use this lesson with adult learners to explore jobs and the workplace in the future and how they can affect the environment.

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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 will encourage learners to discuss the future of work and the environmental impact that the workplace can and could have. They will consider both the types of jobs that we can expect to develop in the 21st century and the nature and characteristics of the jobs. The final task will be to make a list of ideas for the future of work in the light of the climate crisis and global inequality.

The lesson plan and student materials have been designed to be used in either face-to-face classrooms or remote teaching contexts. The class presentation can be used for a paper free lesson.

Learning outcomes:

  • To collaborate to analyse and discuss the future of work and its environmental impacts by using 21st-century skills
  • To use a selection of modal verbs as required
  • To write a short analytical paragraph on a collaborative basis

Age and level:

Adult learners at CEFR C1


40-60 minutes face-to-face

60-90 minutes online


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF and PPTX format.

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


Hi Masoud

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Submitted by Hurricane82 on Thu, 03/24/2022 - 12:11

A very good lesson that I am exploring with my undergrad students. We have noticed that it seems to be exclusively focused on the environment, but doesn't take account of the human social environment.

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