February 4 is World Cancer Day.
No matter whether you teach adults, teenagers, or young(er) learners, I’m sure you could spare 5 to 10 minutes to raise awareness on the importance of cancer prevention. As a matter of fact, it just perfectly fits most syllabuses, e.g. healthy habits, food, body parts, conditionals, making suggestions, giving advice… even colours.
Here are just four suggestions, primarily for teenagers and adults:
- A2-C2: Watch the 2-minute video by Stand Up To Cancer and list five things you can do to help prevent cancer.
- A2-C1: Watch this 1-minute video by Stand Up To Cancer and try to remember 3 numbers and what they are about.
- A2-C2: In 2 minutes time, try to memorize 10 pairs: cancer of a body part and the colour of the matching awareness ribbon. (Source of images: http://www.choosehope.com)
- A2-B2: Match cancer types to the prevention methods and general advice. (Developed based on UICC brochure.)
Needless to say, be rather tactful, as chances are that at least one of your students has lost somebody or has somebody fighting cancer. But this is exactly the reason why everybody, including English teachers should act on: Raise awareness about cancer prevention. Help the fight for more birthdays.
Today 30 – 40 % of cancers can be prevented, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment. Do something.
- World Cancer Day (cdc.gov)