The Internet TESL Journal

Minister of the Environment

Justin T. O'Conor Sloane
kingoconor [at]
Center for Interamerican Studies (Cuenca, Ecuador)


This lesson is designed for use in advanced, preferably adult, conversational English courses. The objective of this lesson is to create an engaging dialogue concerning environmental and economic issues. This lesson works equally as well when presented to a class for spontaneous discussion or when given as a homework assignment in advance of class discussion. This lesson is devised to expand the vocabularies of English language learners (ELLs) by introducing and utilizing words that they may be unfamiliar with or that they do not routinely encounter.

The Scenario

The Assignment

Points to Consider


Teachers: Most of these questions are intended to allow for in-depth discussion by following-up students' yes/no answers with why/why not (etc.)?

Additional Questions

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VIII, No. 12, December 2002