One scientist and the chemical industry

ESL news-based lesson plan

Lesson Overview

ESL lesson for chemistry or environmental science. Students will learn about Rachel Louise Carson a marine biologist who is praised for advancing the global environmental movement. In the 1940s, DDT was the first of the current synthetic pesticides to be produced. Developed as an insecticide, it became notorious for its environmental effects.  Carson authored a book warning of the risks of the chemical pesticide DDT to all ecological systems. This lesson is ideal to show how women are pioneering groundbreaking scientific research all throughout the world.

However, until recently, many nations utilised it to combat mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria.  

It focus on practicing key skills related to reading, speaking, collaboration and critical thinking.  You will need at least 90 minutes to complete this lesson, if used as a flipped ESL lesson. However, lesson can run up to 3 hours ( consider two  90-minute lessons or for university teachers adjust as needed).

While targeting intermediate and upper-intermediate language learners of English, it is highly adaptable as it have been purposely designed to faciliate mixed-levelled classes. This includes in a tertiary institution such as a university or within a professional environment, targeting professionals.

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