Four Charts on Modern Life (Part 2) – Upper-Intermediate Lesson

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: inflation, friendship, obesity, the migration of millionaires, ozempic
Skill Focus: Reading, Vocabulary, Speaking, Listening
Approximate Class Time: 2.25 hours
Lesson Plan Download: four-charts-life-part2-upper-intermediate-072023.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • Background: This lesson is based on a longer thread of 25 significant charts that display trends neglected by the media. I've widdled down the list from 25 to eight, and then broken the eight charts into two separate lessons. This is lesson #2.
  • After warm-up questions, the lesson introduces four charts about rising costs (inflation), obesity rates, the lack of friendship among people today, and the migration of millionaires. Each chart is accompanied with discussion questions.
  • Afterward, as a focus on vocabulary, students hunt for four C1/C2 level words found in the aforementioned sections.
  • For speaking activities, there are roleplays about migrating to a developed country and helping a friendless brother. There is also a panel on obesity on a talk show.
  • For listening, the lesson includes a short (2:51 min.) video about Ozempic along with comprehension and vocabulary questions and a debate scenario.
  • Related to inflation, the lesson links to two activities related to financial planning/budgeting. Please preview these beforehand to determine if you want to fit them into your class.
  • The lesson wraps up with a vocabulary and collocation review and some famous quotations.
  • Notes: 1) If you plan to print the lesson, please use color for the charts. Otherwise, some data will be hard to identify, 2) Preview the external links to the Budgeting Activities on page five to determine if you want to use them.

A blueish map of the world

UPPER-INTERMEDIATE (B2/C1) Lesson Plan on Four Charts on Modern Life (Part 2 of 2)

Warm-up Questions

  • Regarding goods and services, what prices have increased since the year 2000? Which have decreased? Make a list with a partner.
  • In what ways are people more or less healthy than they were in 1975?
  • Generally speaking, do you think people today have more or fewer friends than people did in 1990?
  • If you were rich, where would you live?

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Vocabulary hunt answers: A-regulation, B-obese, 3-recession, 4-migration, 5-factor

Ozempic key expressions vocabulary: a-shortage, b-side effect, c-go viral, d-dose

Comprehension question answers: 1-b, 2-c, 3-a&c 

Vocabulary review:

  1. The migration of skilled workers from the country has caused a shortage of talent in many areas. This factor could result in a recession.
  2. Advertisements for the drug went viral on Tiktok, but the videos did not mention its side effects. This is an example of why content on social media platforms may need regulation.
  3. Some obese people choose Wegovy because it has a higher dose.

Collocation Answers: 1-g, 2-a, 3-c, 4-h, 5-f, 6-d, 7-b, 8-e

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