Global Issues in Teaching English

This page has links to lesson material, audio files and videos for introducing a variety of global issues as themes for language learning.


 FREE Sample Unit on Overfishing

Teaching Material for World Water Day March 22

Bringing Global Issues into the Language Classroom

an article by Brian J. English, Ph.D.


New Book


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  • Over 200 target vocabulary words and essential expressions.
  • Uses a “Receptive Skills" <==> “Productive Skills” Reciprocal Reinforcement Approach to language acquisition.
  • Numerous guided-output
  • Specific instruction on a variety of grammar points.
  • Each unit includes a video to accompany a cloze exercise.
  • Complete with answer key and transcripts to videos.

Global Issues: Wealth and Poverty

A Language Arts Textbook For

English Language Learners

12 content-based units that focus on raising awareness of global issues while developing English language communication skills. A wide variety of exercises provides students with practice in using cause-and-effect logic, categorizing and analyzing information, making inferences, discussing facts, voicing opinions, and more.




  • Designed for in-class study or online learning.
  • Also perfect for one-to-one instruction online or face-to-face.
  • Beneficial in helping independent learners master language skills while gaining valuable knowledge about global issues.
  • Can be used as a complete course or as supplemental material for school curriculum.
  • Great for improving TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS scores.
  • Raises awareness of various global issues such as climate change, child labor, ecotourism, GMOs, water scarcity, landmines, plastics in the ocean and more.
  • Fosters the development of critical thinking skills.

 Links to Videos for Book Exercises

Introduction Video for Global Issues Vocabulary

Unit 1 – What is Climate Change

Unit 2 – How do Humans Contribute to Climate Change?

Unit 3 – Saving Rainforests Solution to Saving Polar Ice Caps

Unit 4 – Plastics in the Ocean

Unit 5 – Overfishing

Unit 6 – Landmine Awareness: Getting Rid of Landmines

Unit 7 – The Global Water Crisis

(Sample Worksheet)

Unit 8 – Zero Poverty: Getting to Zero

Unit 9 – Education for All

Unit 10 – What is Succussful Ecotourism?

Unit 11 – Child Labor in New Tech

Unit 12 – What Are GMOs?



Other Videos and Worksheets

Endangered Animals

Saving Rainforests Solution to Saving Polar Ice Caps

 (Worksheet Link)

Orca Crossword Puzzle Link

Orca Cloze Exercise

Information Gap


Link to Transcript


Getting Rid of Landmines

 The Global Water Crisis 

Link to Transcript 

Landmine Cloze Exercise


Crossword Puzzle




  Plastics in he Ocean   Overfishing 

 Cloze Exercise




More Videos on Global Issues

A Bird's Eye View of Garbage


 How Plastics Pollution Enters Ocean Food

 4 minutes  
 5 minutes VOA ESL Video with Subtitles


Child Speaks at Rio Summit


Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger

Severn speaks at Rio Summit in 1992.

8 - 9 min w/CC

 5 min w/CC



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