Lesson Plan: Rich and Poor Countries

Rich and Poor Countries

Rich and Poor Countries Lesson Plan

Pre- Listening

Task #1

1. Students are sent the vocabulary so they can check the meaning of those words before coming to class. They have to learn the meaning and pronunciation so they can have success in the while-listening stage.


  1. wealth
  2. average
  3. path
  4. quite
  5. growth
  6. to stagnate
  7. hurdles
  8. whether
  9. invariably
  10. Taxes
  11. offshore accounts
  12. meanwhile
  13. To hire
  14. merit
  15. duty
  16. sway
  17. striking (adj)
  18. trap
  19. revenues
  20. to disregard
  21. outlooks
  22. beliefs
  23. unsurprisingly
  24. look forward
  25. generalization


  1. to improve
  2. instead
  3. to alter
  4. to slow down
  5. overwhelmingly
  6. Tough
  7. soil
  8. workforce
  9. Throughout
  10. Array
  11. Low income
  12. Unpleasant
  13. drop
  14. Landlocked
  15. Average
  16. to be packed with
  17. in spades
  18. To grab
  19. To buy into
  20. To allocate
  21. Policy
  22. To owe
  23. Success
  24. To amass
  25. To weight up


Task #2
Students will respond these questions in a whatsapp group

  1. Which  are the poorest countries in the world?
  2. Which are the richest countries in the world?
  3. is  the republic of the  congo a rich country?
  4. What’s the Tetse fly?
  5. what’s are poorest countries in asia?

During- Listening

In this stage, students are going to watch the video «Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich» and complete the tasks

First Task: Students answer the following questions

  1. How many countries are there in the world?
  2. How many of them are very rich?
  3. What happens when countries don’t collect enough taxes?
  4. What are the consequences of clan-based thinking?
  5. What country is very religious and shows economic growth?
  6. Where are poor countries located?
  7. How is the soil in poor countries?
  8. What’s the poorest country in asia?
  9. What’s the name of the small fly present in Africa?
  10. How do economists call natural resources?

Second Task : Mark if these statements are true or false

  1. There are basically three factors that determine if a country is rich or poor
  2. The Republic of Congo is one of the poorest countries of the world
  3. Rich countries have bad institutions
  4. Poor countries have bad institutions
  5. Rich countries are less corrupt than poor countries
  6. The poorest countries are more corrupt
  7. Rich countries have a class-based thinking
  8. Culture doesn’t keep countries poor
  9. Culture are outlooks, ideas and beliefs
  10. In the poorest countries, most people don’t believe in the supernatural

Third Task : Complete the following sentences

  1. Institution are _____________ important.
  2. To ________________ the so called best candidate..
  3. Poor countries are________________located in the tropical regions.
  4.  A tropical climate can be ____________________ to photosynthesis
  5. A key _____________ in the ______________ of society growing rich.
  6. ____________ part of the work force.
  7. The Setse Fly knocks outs  animals on a _______________scale
  8. Humans are open to an __________ _________________of diseases
  9. Poor countries, on the whole, are very badly __________________
  10. Africa host 15 _______________ nations.
  11. Poor countries tend to have them in _____________
  12. You are gonna need the whole society to ________ into the project.
  13. Countries facing _______________ and hugely difficult problems.


Students with the help of google take some time to find an article that talks about how poor and rich are some countries or how these prosper.

This article from the about how Norways generates energy by getting rid of trash

Norway is importing as much rubbish as it can get its hands on, in an effort to generate more energy by burning waste in vast incinerators.


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