Growing Your Own Food

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 17, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
C1 Advanced
I Wish, If Only, Hypothetical Clauses
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Growing Your Own Food”

Lesson Overview

Do you have a green thumb? In this lesson, students will learn about sustainability and environmental awareness. This lesson features a video of a man who grows his own food for one year. Students will learn and practice hypothetical clauses, “wish” clauses, and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about sustainability and environmental awareness

  • To learn and review hypothetical clauses and “wish” clauses

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Could you survive without grocery stores, restaurants, or processed foods? Do you think about the impact you have on the environment? Watch this video of a man who grew and foraged all of his own food for a whole year in order to educate people on the issues of our time.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

activist [noun]: a person strongly believing in political or social change and taking part in activities, such as public protests, in hopes of achieving change
processed [adjective]: (of food) treated with chemicals that preserve it or give it better taste or color
adventurer [noun]: someone enjoying and looking for thrilling or dangerous experiences
get the picture [idiom]: to understand
foraging [noun]: the act of going from place to place searching for food resources
urban [adjective]: relating to towns and cities
repurpose [verb]: to use something for a different purpose for which it was originally created
bounty [noun]: a large amount of something, especially food
yam [noun]: a sweet potato
embark on something [phrasal verb]: to start something new or important
blow the lid off something [idiom]: to make something that was previously bad and secretive known to the public; reveal a secret
sustainability [noun]: the idea that goods and services should be produced without using irreplaceable resources and in an environmentally friendly way
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