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Talking about Global
Problems in English
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Hello everyone! My name is ________. Im from ________.
I currently live in ________. I am a ________. I enjoy
studying ________. I joined Open English ________ ago.
I (think / dont think) the world has a lot of problems.
Survival English
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Beginner: Warm-up
Name a serious global problem.
In my opinion, _____________ is a serious global problem.
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hunger
war
homeless
tsunami
earthquake
disease
obesity
alcoholism
racism
hatred
Beginner: Vocabulary
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Beginner: Matching
Match the listed words to the images
A. B. D. C. E.
war hunger obesity homeless alcoholism
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Fill in the blanks with the correct vocabulary words
Beginner: Vocabulary Practice
Buildings can collapse during an ____________.
________ is an intense dislike of another person.
A _________ is a large wave that follows an earthquake.
Diabetes is a type of __________.
Believing that one race is superior to another is called _______.
tsunami
racism
hatred
earthquake
disease
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Beginner: Discussion
If I could solve one global problem, I would end
A. world hunger.
B. war.
C. disease.
D. I dont know what global problem I would end.
In my opinion, my countrys government should spend more
money on
A. education.
B. health care.
C. public safety.
D. I dont know what my countrys government should spend
money on.
I believe the world would be a better place if
A. we all could love one another.
B. everyone had more money.
C. everyone received the best medical care.
D. everyone loved one another, had more money and received
the best medical care.
Complete the following sentences according to your opinion
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1. Do you want something to eat?
2. How do you feel?
3. Why dont you stop drinking?
4. When will this war end?
5. Is that a tsunami?
Beginner Question & Picture Matching
B. A. D. E. C.
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1. Many children are forced to ________ in wars every year.
fight exercise take eat treat
Picture Fill-in-the-Blank
2. We are lucky because we have enough food to __________.
3. The doctor __________ the mans wounds.
4. I __________ every day to stay healthy and fit.
5. She was sick, so she had to __________ medicine.
Choose the correct verb and conjugate as needed
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Create a sentence by using a subject, a verb and a complement
Beginner: Creating Sentences
I
You
We
He
She
They
Lisa
be
have
find
help
a disease
a racist
a child
a problem
sick
an answer
an education
someone in need
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Read the sentence with the correct answer
1. Many people (dies / die) every time there is a war.
2. The earthquake (destroyed / destroy) many homes last week.
3. There (is / are) special groups to help alcoholics.
4. World hunger (is / is being) a big problem.
5. Scientists (are/ are trying) to find a cure as we speak.
Beginner: Choose One
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__ No. What happened?
__ Yes, my uncle was in Iraq.
__ Shes volunteering at the homeless
shelter right now.
__ I heard on the news that a big
earthquake happened in my
hometown.
__ I did it because I wanted
to help people.
1. Do you know anyone who
went to war?
2. Whats wrong?
3. Where is Eve?
4. Why did you decide to
become a doctor?
5. Did you hear about the
big tsunami?
Match each question to the correct answer
Beginner: Match the Answer
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Beginner: Lets Talk!
Belle : Mark, what do you think is the worlds biggest problem?
Mark: I think disease is the worlds biggest problem. There are
many people that die every year from diseases. Its really
horrible. What do you think the worlds biggest problem is?
Belle: I think the worlds biggest problem is war. Its scary to know
that people kill each other over land, power and resources.
Mark: Yes, I agree. Many people die during wars. Its an ugly
thing. Do you think the world will ever solve its problems?
Belle: I dont know. There are a lot of them. I hope we can
eventually solve them all.
Mark: I think it will take a long time, but I believe the world will
get better.
Belle: I sure hope so!
Mark: Me too!
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Beginner: Lets Talk! Follow-up
What does Mark think the worlds biggest problem is?
A. disease
B. hunger
C. hatred
What three things does Belle say people kill for?
A. money, love, hatred
B. power, money, resources
C. land, power, resources
What does Mark say about war?
A. He says that it is sad.
B. He says that it is necessary.
C. He says that it is ugly.
Answer the following questions about the previous passage
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1. Angie _________ to find a cure
for diabetes.
Whats Missing?
donates want bought can joined
buys donated joins wants cans
2. He always _________ his time.
3. She ________ a support group
last summer.
4. They ________ clothes to
a homeless family.
5. How ________ I help these people?
Complete each sentence with a word from the list
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1. I ____ watching the news
because its always sad.
a. am hating
b. hates
c. hate
______ you hate watching?
________ he stop drinking?
______ you believe can make
the world better?
Beginner: Q & A Formation
Complete the question using the underlined words as hints,
then choose the correct option to complete the sentence
2. He ____ drinking last year.
a. stopped
b. was stopping
c. stop
3. I ____ that everyone can
make the world better.
a. believes
b. am believing
c. believe
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Beginner: Categories
Natural
disasters
Diseases Crimes
Match each word to its corresponding category
cancer tsunami theft murder assault earthquake AIDS floods
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Beginner: Minimal Pairs
race
ill
food
give
water
rice
Ill
mood
gave
waiter
Listen to the difference between each pair of
words and practice pronouncing each pair
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I give food to the homeless.
We pick up trash.
I help sick people.
These garbage bags are heavy!
I really love my patients!
Match each sentence to its appropriate picture
Beginner: Who Said It?
A. B. C.
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Community Places- Vocabulary (#0017)
Health & Hygiene- Present Tense Verbs (#0022)
Food & Groceries- Vocabulary (#0037)
Food & Groceries- Present Tense Verbs (#0039)
Weather and Geography- Vocabulary (#0045)
Careers & Professions- Vocabulary (#0013)
Beginner: Related Lessons
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Intermediate Lesson Content
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Intermediate: Warm-up
What are some of the current problems that affect the whole world?
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poverty
disease
pollution
global warming
starvation
hurricanes
food shortages
floods
unemployment
overpopulation
Intermediate: Vocabulary
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Intermediate: Matching
Match the listed words to the images
A. B. D. C. E.
disease poverty pollution floods hurricane
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Use the words below to create your own sentences
Intermediate: Vocabulary Practice
Ex: There are many people living in
poverty throughout the world.
poverty
disease
pollution
global warming
starvation
hurricanes
food shortages
floods
unemployment
overpopulation
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Match the synonym & antonym to each listed word
Intermediate: Synonyms & Antonyms
Antonym Synonym
poor
ill
deficiency
agonize
leave alone
fright
Word
suffer
fear
sick
destitute
lack
neglect
courage
abundance
care for
healthy
be relieved
rich
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Intermediate: General Discussion
Poverty is a serious problem that affects many people worldwide.
What are some things that we could do to resolve this issue?
Is your countrys population mostly rich or poor?
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Intermediate: Lets Talk
Alex: What are you doing, Carrie?
Carrie: Im just reading the newspaper. Im looking at this
article on world hunger. I cant believe there are so
many starving people in this world!
Alex: Yes, its horrifying. I just saw a commercial on TV
about it last week. They are asking people to make
donations to help end this enormous problem.
Carrie: Really? I think Id like to donate some money. I
really want to help these poor souls.
Alex: Thats really kind of you, Carrie! I actually wrote
down the number. I thought that I could send them
some money on Friday; its payday.
Carrie: Okay. Maybe we can send the money together.
What do you think?
Alex: Absolutely. It feels great to help others in need.
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Intermediate: Lets Talk! Follow-up
What kind of article was Carrie reading in the newspaper?
What did Alex say he saw last week?
What did the commercial ask people to do?
What did Carrie say she would like to donate?
What did Carrie suggest that she and Alex do together?
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__ Ive been doing it
for two years now.
__ I decided to do it because there
are so many children in the world
who dont have a home.
__ I want to be a social worker.
__ No, I am afraid of needles.
__ I wanted to join in the
fight against illiteracy.
1. What do you want to
be when you grow up?
2. How long have
you been recycling?
3. What made you decide
to be a teacher?
4. What made you decide
to adopt a child?
5. Do you ever donate blood?
Match each question to the correct answer
Intermediate: Q & A
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_ Tom was really bothered by world hunger.
_ Tom found a group of homeless people in his city.
_ Tom felt great because he was making a difference.
_ Tom vowed to do something about it.
_ Tom started cooking food and bringing it to them.
Put the sentences in the correct order to form a short story
Intermediate: Story Sequence
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Intermediate: Expressions & Phrases
Match the idiom to its meaning
1. If I dont go on vacation, it wont
be the end of the world.
2. After her long day at work,
Natalie was dead to the world.
3. Frank is a professor and a student
at the university. He gets the
best of both worlds.
4. Theres a large amount of money
missing from the safe. We have a
whale of a problem.
5. This has become a war of
nerves, where neither Katie nor
Jessica are willing to back down.
a) a situation in which two
competing groups of people
try to defeat each other with
threats and fear
b) a really big problem
c) not the worst thing
that could happen
d) in a deep sleep
e) a situation where a person can
enjoy two different opportunities
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1. Rosa have wanted to work with underprivileged children all her life.
2. Tyler cooks hot meals and will take them to the shelter every Friday.
Choose the correct answer
3. Melanie wants to starting volunteering at the animal shelter.
A. is wanting
B. wants
C. has wanted
A. took
B. is going to take
C. takes
A. be starting
B. start
C. be started
Intermediate: Error Correction
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Intermediate: Lets Talk Pictures!
Do you think education can help solve some global problems?
What do you think about the conditions of this classroom?
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Weather and Geography- Vocabulary (#0045)
Body and Health Vocabulary (#0073)
Means of Transportation Vocabulary (#0081)
Weather and Geography- Quiz (#0048)
Discussing the Weather (#0047)
Food & Groceries- Present Tense Verbs (#0039)
Intermediate: Related Lessons
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Advanced Lesson Content
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Advanced: Warm-up
Why do you think the world has so many problems?
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Advanced: Someone Once Said
Laughter is like changing a baby's
diaper. It doesn't permanently solve
any problems, but it makes things
more acceptable for a while.
Unknown
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Advanced: Vocabulary
drought
extinction
monsoons
endangered
famine
inequality
illiteracy
polluted
homeless
terrorism
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Advanced: Matching
Match the listed words to the images
A. B. D. C. E.
polluted endangered famished inequality drought
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Use the words below to create your own sentences
Advanced: Vocabulary Practice
Ex: Sadly, there are many homeless
people around the world.
drought
extinction
monsoons
endangered
famine
inequality
illiteracy
polluted
homeless
terrorism
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Match the synonym & antonym to each listed word
Advanced: Synonyms & Antonyms
Synonym
contaminated
abusiveness
disproportion
destitute
abhorrence
scarcity
Word
famine
hatred
homeless
inequality
oppression
polluted
Antonym
pristine
balance
cheer
love
wealthy
abundance
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Read each sentence and replace the word with a synonym or antonym
1. The national deficit is decreasing every year.
A
2. I try to conserve as much water as possible.
3. Jada really wants to make the world a better place.
S
S
Advanced: Sentence Rewording
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Advanced: General Discussion
World-wide pollution is having a tremendous effect on our planet.
The ozone layer is becoming depleted, and icecaps are melting.
What are some ways in which we can cut down on pollution and
help to resolve this issue?
What do you know about global warming?
How serious of an issue is this in your eyes?
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Advanced: Lets Talk
Ali: Josh, what do you know about global warming?
Josh: I know it is considered one of the most complicated issues today.
Ali: Thats right. Scientific evidence keeps pointing the finger at the
rapidly increasing amounts of human-related greenhouse gases.
Josh: Interesting, I wasnt aware of that. I do know that the
majority of those gases are caused by the burning of
fossil fuels and forests.
Ali: Thats correct. One of the biggest problems regarding
the global warming issue is that we have to resolve
technological, economic and political problems before
we can make a worldwide effort to reduce gas emissions.
Josh: Yes, I think I read something about that. It appears that these
issues are highly complex, so they wont be easily solved.
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Advanced: Lets Talk! Follow-up
The conversation focused on the issue of global warming.
Why do you think that its considered to be one of the
worlds most complicated issues?
The article states that one of the biggest problems surrounding
global warming is that other technological, economic and political
problems must be dealt with first. What specific problems might
fall into the above three categories?
What are fossil fuels?
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Correct the mistake
1. Many people are being concerned about world hunger.
2. Everyone who has been caring about the environment should recycle.
3. I havent known much about global warming.
4. Emily donates money to charities local every month.
5. I have always been believing that everyone can make a difference.
Advanced: Error Correction
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Advanced: Reading Comprehension
A common hope among many is to solve world hunger through
producing more food. However, the relationship between poverty
and hunger is often not taken into consideration.
Hunger is an effect of poverty, and poverty is largely a political
issue. While masking and manifesting itself as an economic issue,
conditions causing poverty are political and end up being economic.
There are millions of people throughout the world who are hungry,
not due to a lack of available food, but due to their inability to pay
for food which is readily available. To put it simply, the distribution
of food is not equitable.
In addition, there are many political situations that influence how
food is produced, who it is produced by (and who benefits), and for
what purposes the food is produced. The issue of world hunger is a
complicated one.
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Advanced: Reading Discussion
What is the main idea of this passage?
The article talks about the close relationship between
hunger, poverty and politics. How do you think these three
factors contribute to the problem of world hunger?
The article states that the distribution of food is not
equitable. What do you think this means?
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Advanced: Expressions & Phrases
Match the idiom to its meaning
1) Fred said hell do anything to
win the championship. All's
fair in love and war.
2) I think we have gotten to the
root of the problem: everything
we sell is out-of-date.
3) Borrowing more money just
adds fuel to the fire. We
have to reduce expenses.
4) There is a world of difference
between a government being in
debt and a family being in debt.
5) Climate change leaves energy
developers between a rock
and a hard place. There are
no simple answers.
a) to be in a very difficult position
with no obvious solution
b) two things that are very different
c) to take action that only
makes matters worse
d) the underlying cause
or source of a problem
e) Behavior that is unpleasant or not
fair is acceptable during an
argument or competition.
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Advanced: Question Formation
1. I believe that terrorism is
the worlds biggest problem.
2. Yes, I think that the world will
eventually solve its problems.
3. Im not sure, but I hope
that doctors will find a cure
for cancer.
4. Yes, I believe that racism
exists in every country.
5. Im not sure how many people
are illiterate in the US.
Form a question based on the response
Ex: How much money would you like to deposit?
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Questions with Who and What (#0207)
Come Rain or Shine (#0347)
A hurricane is coming! (#0407)
Every part of my body hurts right now. (#0406)
Money, Finance and Investment (#0371)
I would like to take out a loan. (#0416)
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