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B2 – Nuclear Fusion Revolution

This ESL lesson explores advanced energy technologies, scientific processes, and environmental issues. It’s suitable for upper-intermediate to advanced learners who are interested in science, technology, and sustainability. The article provides a clear explanation of nuclear fusion, its significance, challenges, and potential benefits for addressing climate change. Discussions could focus on vocabulary related to energy, environmental terms, and technological advancements.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonB2 / Upper-Intermediate16 words5 min60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students should preview 16 words from pages 3-4.

  1. Lead-in: Kickstart the learning process by introducing lead-in questions, which not only serve to pique curiosity but also lay the foundation for a more profound exploration of the subject matter.
  2. Vocabulary: Take a moment to briefly review lesson-specific vocabulary, providing assistance with word explanations as necessary to ensure a comprehensive understanding. Moving forward,
  3. Article reading and Comprehension questions: After reading the assigned article, students engage in a lively discussion of key points and thoroughly address comprehension questions. This also provides an opportunity to explore any intriguing insights that may have arisen during the reading.
  4. Vocabulary check: Students engage in targeted vocabulary activities, further solidifying their grasp of the lesson material.
  5. Opinions: Students delve into the discussion of statements presented on page 9, fostering critical thinking and reinforcing their comprehension.
  6. Short speech: Can be assigned as homework or carried out in class, depending on your available lesson time. This task serves as a capstone, allowing students to consolidate their learning and articulate their understanding in a meaningful manner.


  • Milestone
  • Fossil fuel
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Tackle
  • Fusion
  • Fission
  • Particle
  • Decay
  • Holy grail
  • Identical
  • Repel each other
  • Breakthrough
  • Intrinsically
  • Self-limiting
  • Beneficial
  • Abundant


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Article reading
  • Comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary check
  • Opinions
  • Short speech