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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Topic: Extreme Weather

Many regions of the world experience temperatures that are considered to be extreme and dangerous. It can get very hot and humid or very cold and windy during certain periods of the year.
Talking about Extreme Weather and how it can wreak havoc on the lives of people and on the overall economy can make for a great ESL topic for all learners.

Read and look at photos that captured some of the bizarre weather events in 2014 (and the start of 2015) around the world. Your students will be sure to pick up some new weather related vocabulary and expressions!

Find  links to ESL activities on weather for beginner and intermediate ESL students here!


1. What is the difference between 'typical' weather and 'extreme' weather? How can extreme weather be dangerous for people? For animals? For farmers? For buildings and structures?

2.  Does your country of origin experience extreme weather? If so, explain how hot or cold it can get and when periods of extreme weather can happen. How do people survive in your country during these times?

3. How can the weather in general affect our day-to-day lives? What about our moods? What about the economy?

4. Are there any programs or services in your country of origin that help support and protect a community from extreme weather?

If your students are feeling a little blue about the weather, inspire them with this short motivational video. Good for vocabulary building for the lower levels.


  1. I found your blog on extreme weather to be quite enlightening. It's essential for all of us to be aware of the implications and consequences of these extreme weather events.