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Lesson 2: BBC News

Lesson 2: BBC News

Students set goals, learn about group roles, and read a BBC News article about health in western countries.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Health

Time:  90 minutes



  1. Define goals for the semester.
  2. Explain the situation of health in western countries.
  3. Exchange ideas about health in China and in the west.


  1. Check goals in Homework notebook.
  2. Students work in groups and report to the class what they found.
  3. Observe students in their groups and in whole class discussion.


  • Make one copy of Course Outline for each student.
  • Make one copy of Recreating the caveman diet for each student.
  • Make one copy of Article Notes for the teacher.



Warm up (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check the homework.
    • “Do you think it is a good idea to speak only English in this class?  Why or why not?”
  • Discuss together as a class and take a poll.  


Course Outline (20 minutes)


Goals for the Semester (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to think about the following two questions and write their answers in their homework notebook.
    • “What goals would you like to set for yourself in this class?”
    • “How will you accomplish your goals by the end of the semester?”  


Introduce Roles in group work (5 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get into groups and choose a role. If there are only 4 people in a group, then the Facilitator can also keep track of time.
  • Explain the different roles
    • Facilitator: leads the group discussion
    • Note-taker: write things down as needed
    • Reporter: presents information to the class
    • English monitor: makes sure everyone is speaking English
    • Time keeper: keeps track of how much time is remaining for an activity


Health (20 minutes)

  • The BBC is from the UK. It is one of the biggest news broadcasters (TV, radio, internet) in the world. They have a website for learning English, BBC Learning English, and they have pages in various other languages.
  • Ask students to discuss the article in their groups. Guide the students by putting the following headings on the board. 
    • Summarize the article
    • Talk about the title
    • What is the author’s opinion?
    • Homework questions
    • Discussion:
      • “What do you think about the diet in China?”
      • “Do you think people become unhealthier as they become richer?”


Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask each reporter to comment about one of the topics on the board. Use the Article Notes as a guide.


Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the article.

Printable Worksheets

Course Outline
Article Notes


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