ESL classes offer a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of various environmental issues. Successful language learning is one which involves a successful combination of the skills obtained from appropriate expressions of communication, and environmental issues are rich subject matters of communication. This communicative approach of successful language learning opens doors to students acquiring English language skills where they can share their knowledge of environmental issues.
The aim of incorporating environmental education into ESL classroom is, to raise learners’ awareness of the environmental crisis. Whether an ESL teacher is working with youngsters or teaching English to adults overseas, environmental education can be done with students of every age group. Therefore, teaching English as a second language can emphasise the environmental issues and language skills in schools to raise awareness about various global issues among learners.
How Can ESL Teachers Raise Awareness Of Environmental Issues?
With interesting debatable issues on the energy crisis and global warming, the inclusion of environmental education into the English language can certainly improve the critical thinking abilities of the students. In addition to critical thinking skills, blending of environmental education into the ESL curriculum can even contribute to their language development. Teachers can contribute to environmental education by helping their students.
- Compare several environmental issues like
- global warming
- over-utilisation of natural resources
- water and air pollution
- use eco-friendly materials in the classroom
- have discussions on global concerns
How Can Social Media Promote Sustainable Practices In Educational Environments?
Regarded as the means of engaging crowd and creating change, social media can be an excellent awareness-raising tool for promoting sustainable practices among ESL students. Campaigns designed on the basis of a theoretical model can be implemented in the form of a case study. Surveys and interviews can be conducted at regular periods throughout the campaign to get feedback on the benefits and problems of the campaign.
Creating interesting content which can be circulated through various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be another great way to raise awareness among students. Both shareable content and social media campaigns can have several positive benefits for promoting environmental awareness.
Time to make a difference with purposeful language learning in ESL classrooms!