Latin America Solidarity Centre

Activity 4: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

AIM

To revise and learn new vocabulary relating to energy creation.

Solar Farm

MATERIALS

Images (nuclear plant, coal plant and solar farm).

Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant

LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM:

Senior Cycle:

I. Basic Communicative Proficiency, 2, 3

II. Language Awareness, 2

METHODOLOGY

Present students with images of coal/nuclear and solar power plant. Ask them to describe the pictures in Spanish and explain what the link is between them.

Coal-fired Power Plant

Get students to talk about what other ways we get electricity from. Draw a mind map on the board of ways of getting electricity.

Prompt students with hints (la piedra negra que quemamos en los fuegos/ cuando se bloquea los ríos…)

Ask students to rank each form of energy suggested in order from best to worst. Students then discuss their rankings in pairs. Elicit which is the best and which is the worst.

CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND AND TAKING ACTION

Ask students to plot out together how we in Ireland can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Ask them to try to implement these changes in their own lives and keep a report. Discuss whether they think it is enough for individual people to make personal changes, or if change must take place at a bigger level. How do we put pressure on to make that bigger change take place?