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Climate Challenge

Climate Challenge is a simulation game by the BBC where you, as president of Europe, have to tackle climate change while remaining popular enough to stay in your job.  Due to its text content and subject matter – the environment features heavily in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum in Hong Kong – this game is appropriate for Junior to Senior Secondary students at Pre-intermediate level and above.  You could try it with adults too!


In addition to the reading and decision-making tasks already built into the game, and the practice and recycling – pun intended – of language related to climate change, other ways of exploiting Climate Challenge with your students include:

  • group interaction – students discuss each round of the game and try to come to an agreement about which policies to choose, using the first and second conditional
  • giving presentations – students present their decisions to the whole class at the end of the game, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t, using the third conditional

These tasks are set out in detail in this student worksheet.  Feel free to adapt it for your level and age group.  You can also read my students’ comments on Climate Challenge on our class wiki.

If you’ve used Climate Challenge with your students, how did you use it?


About davegatrell

Into digital game-based learning in and out of the language classroom. Follow me on Twitter: @legaladvert


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