Climate Action in Language Education

Introducing climate change issues into language teaching classes - free course

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Welcome to the Climate Action in Language Education' professional development training series. 

There are three modules in this series:

Module 1: Introducing climate change issues into language teaching classes 

This module will help you explore climate change issues and different ways you can effectively introduce these issues in language teaching classes in ways your learners will find engaging and motivating. It's aimed at providing you with a general introduction to the topic as well as helping you to recognise and evaluate the reasons why environmental issues can be an integral part of language classes. You will learn the key climate change terms and concepts relevant to your teaching context, and practical teaching approaches you can use both inside and outside the classroom.

Start date: 28 April 2021 

Module 2: Developing and delivering lessons with a sustainability focus

This module will help you develop and deliver lessons that integrate climate change issues into your teaching practice as part of your current curriculum and moving beyond traditional coursebook environment units. It's aimed at providing you with a principled approach to bringing sustainability into any classroom topic as well as helping you to recognise and overcome the barriers that can prevent teachers from doing this. You will learn how to equip learners with the language skills they need to understand, discuss and engage critically with climate change issues, and promote solutions to local and global environmental problems.

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Module 3: Making sustainability part of your learners' lives

This module is focussed on language learning and climate action beyond the classroom. It’s aimed at helping you develop projects, through which your students can use climate related language relevant to their context and participate in community action aimed at tackling the environmental crisis. You’ll learn how to design, manage and evaluate learner-centred projects which enable your students to act and make a meaningful difference.

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Important: If you have not registered for any of the other courses in the Language for Resilience series, you will need to create a free account to access the module.

About this module

Introducing climate change issues into language teaching classes is a three-hour self-study training module, which is divided into three one-hour units.

  • By the end of unit 1, you'll be able to explain different ways to introduce environmental issues in your classes, describe the factors that motivate you to include environmental issues in your classes, and identify the benefits integrating environmental issues into your teaching can bring to your learners.
  • By the end of unit 2, you'll be able to identify key terms and concepts related to climate change and sustainability, explore the differences between global and local environmental issues, and feel confident using research and climate change terms and concepts relevant to your teaching context.
  • By the end of unit 3, you’ll be able to analyse different ways of integrating environmental issues in your classes, evaluate online resources about the environment to use with your learners, and reflect on the benefits of a proactive attitude to tackling climate change through language education.   

Start date

28 April 2021


Available for two weeks between 28 April and 12 May 2021


This module is available free of charge

Who is this module for?

Language teachers of all levels of experience with an interest in bringing environmental issues and sustainability into their classes


For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of each module.

Level of English required

CEFR B1 and above

Flavia Martinelli

Coordinator, Plant-for-the-Planet Brazil // CoalitionWILD

Master in Animal Biology, with a deep interest in biodiversity conservation, restoration and climate change. Current Coordinator of Actions and Partnerships at Plant-for-the-Planet Brazil and voluntary collaborator of CoalitionWILD. In addition, coordinates youth actions within the Global Rewilding Alliance.
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