Lesson AWF-1

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Lesson goals

Understand what is included in an academic essay, how to use sources, read about the state of the world and answer the question "How optimistic are you about the world"?

Lesson activities

Basic: theme warm-up

Intermediate: introduction lecture

Advanced: reading comprehension

Basic activity: warm-up - how optimistic are you about the future?

Time for the activity: ~10-15 minutes

  • This exercise helps you develop your discuss skills

You are taking part of the international summit A Warning to the Future: A New Dark Age or a Bright Future? with the aim of creating a time capsule that will include a warning to the future. During this summit, you discuss research, read scientific articles, as well as predicting the future.

Currently, you are to discuss the future, more specifically: how optimistic are you about the future?

  1. Sit together in groups of ~3-5 students

  2. Ask yourselves: how optimistic are you about the future?

  3. Study the statistics. Which do you agree with?

  4. As a group, decide which of the four suggested areas - robots & AI, genetic engineering, a society void of interaction, or something else - do you think is the most worrying future topic?

  5. Note your thoughts on a mini-whiteboard and then share with the rest of the class.

Intermediate activity: lecture

L5-1 A Warning to the Future

Reading comprehension


Study the Quizlet.

Exit ticket

How optimistic are you about the world?