Today I’d like to share a lesson I’ve made with my fellow teachers. This lesson is about electric cars and how popular they’ve become in Norway. I hope this can help you in your class and give your students some extra economic-related vocabulary they could use. Thanks to Anton for suggesting the YouTube channel I took the video from.
So, let’s get started:
1) Ask your students some questions in the first slide to get them interested in the topic. Get feedback and find out what your students associate Tesla with. You can ask them if they would like to have a Tesla car.
2) Ask your class if electric cars are becoming more popular and if they think these cars have a future.
3) I divided the video into parts, so before your students watch the first part, give them a gist question:
How many electric cars were purchased in Norway last year compared to other cars?
When they’ve answered your question, you can ask them if they think Tesla cars will become more common in their own country.
4) The second part of the video deals with the reasons why Norway is full of Teslas so, before students watch the video, give them 2 questions:
1. Why do you think Norwegians are buying more electric cars?
2. What incentives can stimulate people to buy these kinds of cars?
And have them watch the second part of the video and compare their answers.
5) Give your students the true or false statements taken from the first 2 parts of the video and have them correct the ones that are false. Ask your students to compare their ideas in pairs before getting feedback.
6) Ask your students 3 questions:
1. How many charging stations do you think there are in Oslo?
2. How much do people pay to charge their electric cars?
3. How can the government fund the subsidies mentioned in the second part of the video and why do you think they’re doing it?
Then, have them watch the third part of the video and compare their answers.
7) The third part of the video raises an ethical issue, because Norway is selling fossil fuels but is also promoting going green. Ask your students how they think Norwegian people feel about burning and selling fossil fuels while promoting going green in the country?
Then, have them watch the fourth part of the video and ask your students if they agree with Tor’s opinion. You can ask them what other countries are promoting going green and ask them how important they think it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
8) Give your students the next set of True or False statements based on parts 3 and 4 and have them correct the ones that are false. Ask your students to compare their ideas in pairs before getting feedback.
9) Give your students sentences taken from the video and ask them to match the words to the right sentences. Get feedback and ask your students to explain in a few words what they think the words mean.
10) To give your students extra practice using these words, ask them to work in groups and make questions using these words to ask the other group. The groups have to decide how to answer these questions together and reach an agreement.
11) Give your students some questions to discuss together in pairs and get feedback from them.
12) As a final activity, you can divide your students into 2 groups hold a debate whether the local government should motivate people to buy electric cars. Have each group think of the advantages and disadvantages of using electric cars. You can allow them to use the internet to find out more information about such cars and, possibly, situations where electric cars were useful or harmful to people (Accidents, success stories from countries like Norway). You can ask your students write their arguments on the board so they can reference them when speaking.
Once your students are done debating, you can hold a vote to choose 2 strongest arguments from each group and to see which group was more convincing.
I hope your students will enjoy this lesson, and I’d like to know what you think about electric cars. Will we see Teslas everywhere in the next decade or do you think that they won’t be able to substitute gasoline-powered cars?
Let us know in the comments section. 🙂