Is vertical farming the future?

Is vertical farming the future?

news-based ESL Lesson plan

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Lesson Overview

This ESL news-based lesson plan  looks food insecurity and a type of urban farming known as vertical farming.  How with the help of new technology, we can  address the world’s growing food crisis. The ESL lesson is based on the article, The only way is up, as new tech sheds light on the future of food  by Chungui Lu and Erik Murchie  of the University of Nottingham, which was published by The Conversation on  17th of July 2014.

It focus on practicing key skills related to reading, speaking, collaboration and critical thinking. It might also be used when discussing narrative tenses. 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 professional. 

Starter and Key vocabulary

First, students complete some previewing activites to help stimulate interest in the topic as well as connect to previously known knowlege. This is done through a general discussion on the topic. In addition, they review or learn how context determine the meaning of words. This is essential to understanding the video. 

Next, they move to another speaking activity, but this time they need to choose one payment method and think of its pros and cons. Encourage your students to take into consideration such issues as speed, security, costs, etc.

Quick Info

Video and discussions

Answering comprehension questions. Getting the main idea, listening and comprehension along with a general discussion questions in regards to what was seen in the video .

Grammar and Activity

Language Focus: A key language function or grammar point is elected basedon use in the video.

Vocabulary Check: We’ve prepared a one-page extra vocabulary worksheet to focus on idioms and collocations and word formation  relating to the topic.

Activity : A report, letter, presentation , A review, an email,  forum

Lesson Includes

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