English Listening Lesson on
 Social Issues

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THE LESSON ON SOCIAL ISSUES

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There seems to be so many social issues these days. I’m sure the list of issues is ten times bigger than it was a few years ago. I just Googled ‘social issues’ and found a list of 33 different issues. I suppose that’s not a huge amount. One thing that surprised me looking at the list is how common they are. Pretty much all of them appear on the news most days. A few of them weren’t really in the news when I was growing up. I can’t remember hearing about drug abuse, pollution and immigration years ago. I hope that the number of social issues on this list goes down and not up, although I suspect there will more problems in the future. I think there’ll be problems about things we don’t even know about today.





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LISTENING GAP FILL

There ________________ many social issues these days. I’m sure the list of issues is ten times bigger than it was ________________. I just Googled ‘social issues’ and found a list of 33 different issues. I suppose that’s not a huge amount. One thing that surprised me looking at the list ________________ are. Pretty much all of them appear on the news most days. ________________ weren’t really in the news when I was growing up. I can’t remember hearing ________________, pollution and immigration years ago. ________________ number of social issues on this list ________________ not up, although I suspect there will more problems in the future. I think there’ll be problems about things we don’t even ________________.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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STUDENT SOCIAL ISSUES SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about social issues in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about social issues for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about social issues. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about social issues. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. SOCIAL ISSUES POSTER Make a poster about social issues. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY SOCIAL ISSUES LESSON: Make your own English lesson on social issues. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on social issues. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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