Section 1: Resource Use

Units 1 & 2 – Circular Economy

Unit 1: SDG12 Responsible Consumption & Production

Unit 2: SDG7 Affordable & Clean Energy

Reading: African digital innovators are turning plastic waste into value

Listening: Waste not want not (6 mins)

Function: Causality

Vocabulary: Responsible consumption & production

Data visualisation: The life of a water bottle

Listening: Fuel (4.5 mins)

Reading: 6 things you can do with coffee – after you’ve finished drinking it

Function: Comparing and contrasting

Vocabulary: Responsible consumption & production

Data visualisation: Cell phone recycling

Units 3 & 4 – Innovation

Unit 3: SDG9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Unit 4: SDG4 Life Below Water

Reading: Circular fashion

Listening: Depop sale: fashion retailers must move faster on sustainability (6.5 mins)

Grammar: Gerunds & infinitives

Vocabulary: Waste in the textile industry/Compound words

Data visualisation: Mind your waste


Reading: Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill

Listening: 10 ways to cut shipping’s contribution to climate change (5 mins)

Function: Expressing caution

Vocabulary: Negative environmental impacts

Data visualisation: Microplastic pollution


Section 2: Life Chances

Units 5 & 6 – Opportunity 

Unit 5: SDG5 Gender Equality

Unit 6: SDG10 Reduced Inequality

Reading: Breaking the glass ceiling is a win for all women

Listening: How to increase the role women play in developing the African continent (4 mins)

Grammar: Narrative tenses

Vocabulary: Compound nouns/Word families

Data visualisation: Gender equality – where are we today?

Reading: What I learned when I recreated the famous ‘doll test’

Listening: Women in India’s parliament (8 mins)

Grammar: Double comparatives

Vocabulary: Easily confused words/Social groupings

Data visualisation: The world’s wealth inequality

Units 7 & 8 – Children & Young People

Unit 7: SDG1 No Poverty

Unit 8: SDG4 Quality Education

Reading: Growing up in poverty weakens later health

Listening: Lockdown and young people living on the streets in Harare (4 mins)

Grammar: Verb + dependent preposition

Vocabulary: Adversity

Data visualisation: The global multidimensional poverty index

Listening: Higher education in refugee camps (5.5 mins)

Reading: Young refugees share what it’s like trying to finish school, find work and get married

Grammar: Second conditional/Present perfect

Vocabulary: Adjectives of nationality/Suffixes

Data visualisation: The global education crisis


Section 3: Struggle

Units 9 & 10 – City Life

Unit 9: SDG8 Decent Work & Economic Growth

Unit 10: SDG11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

Reading: Refugees creating jobs in cities

Listening: How we treat migrant workers who put food on our table (5.5 mins)

Function: Paraphrasing

Vocabulary: Business and the economy

Data visualisation: Migrants significantly contribute to economic growth


Reading: Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor

Listening: Most buildings were designed for an earlier climate (9mins)

Grammar: Articles

Vocabulary: Damage to the physical environment have become much more frequent and costly

Data visualisation: Highly damaging natural disasters

Units 11 & 12 – Dignity

Unit 11: SDG16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Unit 12: SDG6 Clean Water & Sanitation

Reading: Speak up and eliminate forced labour

Listening: Indigenous land defenders (7 mins)

Function: Demonstrating logic

Vocabulary: Forced labour

Data visualisation: Positive peace


Listening: The informal water market in Kenya (4.5 mins)

Reading: Why collecting water turns women into 2nd class citizens

Grammar: Impersonal passive

Vocabulary: Difficult or unpleasant tasks

Data visualisation: America’s very real water crisis


Section 4: Health & Well-being

Units 13 & 14 – Food

Unit 13: SDG2 Zero Hunger

Unit 14: SDG3 Good Health & Well-being

Reading: Ghana’s school feeding scheme

Listening: The racial hunger gap in American cities (5 mins)

Function: Talking about setting up and running a programme

Vocabulary: Consequences of hunger

Data visualisation: Let’s talk about hunger

Reading: Using sustainable innovation to cut down what we throw away

Listening: We throw away a third of the food we grow (8 mins)

Function: Causality

Vocabulary: Collocations with food

Data visualisation: Food loss and waste comes in different shapes

Units 15 & 16 – Climate

Unit 15: SDG15 Life on Land

Unit 16: SDG13 Climate Action

Listening: Links between climate and health (3 mins)

Reading: Climate change is affecting all life on earth

Function: Establishing links

Vocabulary: Contronyms

Data visualisation: Who is at risk of climate change?

Reading: How to make climate action popular

Listening: The youth movement grows up (5 mins)

Grammar: Modal verbs – lost opportunity

Vocabulary: Lack of support

Data visualisation: Climate change is humanity’s ‘code red’ warning



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