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Planned obsolescence

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Science, technology, and environment

  • 85 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B1, B2


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic campaign video about electronic waste
  • Effectively use a range of listening strategies

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Identify the main ideas in an authentic campaign video about electronic waste
  • Identify the correct definitions for new vocabulary based on their use in the video
  • Use the new vocabulary correctly in a short text
  • Correctly answer questions about details from the video
  • Research and explain a frequent language point from the video
  • Share opinions and information about topics related to planned obsolescence

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Activities (14)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Class
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions:
• Is this new iPad Pro much better than the old iPad Pro?
• Do you think many people will buy this iPad Pro?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of the technology update cycle, and have them discuss whether such regular releases of hardware are completely necessary.
Culture notes

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

Answer the questions about technology with the answers you think are most accurate. Then check your responses against other students' answers.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of planned obsolescence.
Conduct this activity as a poll. Once students have submitted their answers, send them the results and discuss them briefly as a class asking why they answered as they did.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Image


Student instructions

What is the connection between the images? Describe how they relate to each other.


Teacher notes

The aim of the activity is to activate students' knowledge of the environmental impact of mobile phones in preparation for the Watch activity. It will also be useful for checking understanding of relevant vocabulary (in bold below), some of which will be tested later.
If any students need help, prompt them by saying that the mobile phone is the thing that connects all the images.

 

Watch

Watch

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and then answer the questions in Main ideas.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to show students the environmental impact of mobile phone use as described by a campaign video for Greenpeace.
Variation
Display the video to the whole class as they watch it and complete the Main ideas activity.


 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity
  • Text entry, mixed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the main ideas in the Greenpeace video seen in Watch.
If necessary, explain how to listen for main ideas or have students read the reference material Listening for main ideas.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Study the key language in bold. Then match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to define some useful language from the video.
Students who find this difficult may watch the video again, as there are some visual clues to meanings.
Language notes

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Complete the text about lightbulbs with the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to complete a text about lightbulbs with vocabulary from the Language activity.
Extension
If students are interested, have them read further on this topic for homework and report back to the class on what they find out. Some links they might investigate include:

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language.
In addition to the key language from the Language activity, other potentially useful words from the lesson are provided in the stimulus material.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Watch the video again. Then answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand details from the video. Allow students to look at the questions before rewatching the video in Watch, or display the video to the whole class as they study and complete the questions.

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Support activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

Read about the Language point your teacher assigns to you. Follow the instructions and take notes. Then explain your language point to other groups.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to research and explain some frequent grammar structures which are exemplified in the video.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to respond to the content of the video by researching and discussing the repairability of technology products
If students cannot find their product on iFixit, they may also find a teardown of it by searching for [brand name] + [model] + disassemblethe web or on YouTube.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about planned obsolescence, and then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the topic of planned obsolescence in a wider context.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair
  • Support activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they didn't understand in the lesson, and then discuss this with a partner.

 
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