Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order (Advanced)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: the world order, economic power, China, United States
SkillĀ Focus
: Reading, Vocabulary, Speaking
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours
Lesson Plan Download: dalio-changing-world-order-advanced-052023.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • This lesson is suited for students interested in economics, politics, and global power.
  • It is based on a short 5-minute YouTube video made by Ray Dalio about the principles for dealing with a changing world order. The lesson begins with prereading some comprehension questions. After, students listen to the video and complete some comprehension and vocabulary activities.
  • Afterward, there is a debate about the next superpower and two roleplays.
  • Finally, the lesson ends with some quotations, some further discussion questions, and a quick collocation review.

An image of two people playing chess on a map.

ADVANCED (C1/C2) EFL Lesson Plan on the Changing World Order

Warm-up Questions

  1. How would you describe the economy of your country? What are its major sectors?
  2. Do you think your country will be more or less powerful in the next 30 years?
  3. What makes a country powerful? Write down a list of traits with your partner(s).

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-- Lesson plan on The Changing World Order written by Matthew Barton of (copyright). ChatGPT was consulted for help with getting some key expressions and brainstorming. Site members may photocopy and edit the file for their classes. Permission is not given to rebrand the lesson, redistribute it on another platform, or sell it as part of commercial course curriculum. For questions, contact the author.

Possible comprehension question answers:

  1. Dutch, British, US, & Chinese
  2. The metrics were education, innovation and technology development, competitiveness, economic output, share of world trade, military strength, the power of their financial center, and the strength of their currency as a reserve currency.
  3. Better education leads to this.
  4. A major conflict, such as a war, typically leads to a new world order.
  5. People bet on prosperity and peace continuing. They do this by taking out large loans and increasing spending. This can push prices up, resulting in a financial bubble.
  6. Possible answers: Firstly, there is already a growing wealth gap between the two classes. The printing of money then causes inflation, which causes problems for both the wealthy and lower-class, but it is likely the lower classes that suffer the most. They might target the wealthy with their anger.

Vocabulary Answers: 1-b, 2-k, 3-h, 4-a, 5-d, 6-f, 7-c, 8-e, 9-j, 10-i, 11-d

Collocation answers: 1-e, 2-f, 3-b, 4-c, 5-a, 6-d


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