Use this lesson with adult learners to look at the global water crisis.

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

There is a global water crisis. In this lesson, the learners will use and develop their reading skills to gain a bigger understanding of the crisis, its causes and some possible solutions. They will go on to use some 21st-century skills such as collaboration and creativity to make some campaigning posters to create a greater awareness of the problem in their local communities.

The lesson plan and student materials have been designed to be used in either face-to-face classrooms or remote teaching contexts. There are two shorter reading texts to aid differentiation, to use with smaller classes or to use less paper.


During and after the lesson, learners will be able to demonstrate they can:

  • employ critical-thinking skills
  • read texts to find specific types of information
  • collaborate and share written information
  • create simple written messages that lead to action and awareness

Age and level:

Aged 13-17 and adult learners at CEFR B1


90 minutes approximately or two 45-minute lessons. This can be a 60-minute single lesson with shorter time for tasks.


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF or PPTX format. The presentation contains the vocabulary activity and the sample poster to save some paper use.

  • Lesson plan for face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Lesson plan for remote teaching contexts
  • Presentation
  • Reading text 1
  • Reading text 2
  • Reading text 3
  • Reading text 4
  • Sample poster
  • Shorter version of reading 1 and 2
  • Vocabulary worksheet



Submitted by Neeny59 on Mon, 11/06/2023 - 19:33

Great for young adult learners. Biodiversity students.

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