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e-lesson Week starting: 19th May 2008

1. Globalisation
This week’s lesson looks at the often-contentious issue of globalisation.

Level
Upper intermediate and above (equivalent to CEF level B2 and above)

How to use the lesson


1. Brainstorm on the subject of globalisation. What do students understand by the
term? What different aspects of globalisation are they aware of? You could also ask
the students whether they see globalisation as a positive or negative phenomenon.

2. Hand out Worksheet A, and give the students 5-10 minutes to read through the text.
Encourage them to look up any new vocabulary. You could ask them to check if any
of the aspects they brainstormed about the topic are mentioned.

3. Hand out Worksheet B, divide the students into pairs, and ask them to work
together to find the words to match the definitions in Exercise 1.

4. Check answers in open class.

5. Keeping the students in their pairs, give them a few minutes to answer the
true/false/doesn’t say questions in Exercise 2.

6. Check answers in open class.

7. Give the students a few minutes to work together to discuss their answers to the
questions in Exercise 3.

8. Check answers in open class. Afterwards you could initiate a discussion by asking
the students if they agree or disagree with any of the opinions expressed on
Worksheet A, and why.

9. Finally, ask the students to put away Worksheets A and B or to temporarily hand
them back to you. Hand out Worksheet C and give the students another few minutes
for the gap-fill exercise in which they have to replace individual words that are now
missing from the text. If the students cannot remember what the words are, encourage
them to try to work them out from the context of the sentence. Some of the words
appear in the glossary, so to make the exercise more challenging you could ask the
students not to use it.

10. Check answers in open class.

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Answers

Exercise 1
1. ties 2. spread 3. wages 4. exploit 5. challenge

Exercise 2
1. T 2. D 3. T 4. T 5. D 6. F

Exercise 3
1. Because they are searching for better-paid jobs.
2. Fast food and iPods.
3. She thinks that bad ideas in societies will be challenged, while good ideas will
spread.
4. He thinks they exploit workers in poor countries by paying very low wages, and
that they take advantage of weak environmental legislation which allows them to
cause pollution.
5. For Clare, the simple explanation is that there must be something good about that
idea or product.
6. Students’ own answers.

Exercise 4
1. mean 2. interconnected 3. multinational 4. paid 5. far 6. consequences
7. imposed 8. inequality 9. legislation 10. diverse 11. competing 12. choice
13. rights 14. western 15. adopt

2. Related websites
Send your students to these websites, or just take a look yourself.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2007/globalisation/default.stm
A section of the BBC News website devoted to globalisation. Accessible to upper
intermediate level.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/globalisation/
Analysis from the BBC World Service of globalisation-related topics including ‘the
world’s most powerful companies’ and ‘the revolutionary power of fast food’.
Accessible to upper intermediate level.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/globalisation
A collection of articles on globalisation from the British newspaper The Guardian,
with useful links on the left-hand side of the page. Challenging for upper intermediate
level.

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