Renewable Energy

renewable energy

Renewable energy resources such as the sun, wind, and moving water provide the highest environmental benefits as they restore themselves over short periods of time and do not diminish. This unit explores the consequences of the ever-increasing population and the reasons for finding cleaner alternative energy sources so that we can mitigate some of the negative effects on our planet.

  • Time

    60-90 minutes

  • Main Skills

    Reading and Listening

  • Theme and topic

    Sharing the Planet - Renewable Energy


You will hear a teacher discussing an alternative energy project with his students. Listen and complete the summary below using the words below A-H. Write only one word in the gaps 1-5.

Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • accessible
  • affordable
  • analysis
  • contentious
  • combat climate change
  • comparisons
  • cost-effective
  • decrease pollution
  • efficient
  • evaluate
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • harnessing the sun
  • reliable source
  • renewables
  • statistics

1. You have been invited to give a speech about renewable energy. In your speech, you will mention the benefits of alternative energy sources and will suggest that the need for investment in research to investigate and promote alternative energy.

  • Awareness of the audience (greet the audience, grab their attention etc.)
  • Formal register
  • Clear structure
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Strong impression at the end

2. You run a blog about alternative energy sources. In your post, compare different energy sources. Be engaging, informative and persuasive. Use this checklist:

  • Catchy title
  • Introduction
  • Body paragraphs
  • Conclusion

IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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