By emma


April 25, 2020

What are the biggest challenges we face today?

Globalisation has brought a number of great challenges with it, from economic challenges to environmental challenges to health challenges. We also all have challenges in our work, our family lives and in the relationships we have with each other. In this lesson we talk about challenges and how to overcome them.

Language Focus

noun: challenge. It was a big challenge to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

verb: to challenge someone, to face a challenge. I challenged him to a fight. We are facing great challenges in our company.

adjective: challenging – also meaning difficult. He is a challenging person

Associated words:

Overcome – to overcome a problem

Obstacle – there were some great obstacles on our path

Adjectives to describe how easy or difficult something is: easy, attainable, feasible, tough, tricky, difficult, unattainable, impossible

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Watch Matt Cutt’s popular TED talk. „Try something new for 30 days“.

“30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit”.


Rank the challenges from the talk in order from easiest to most difficult:

  1. Stop watching the news
  2. Take a picture every day
  3. Cycle to work
  4. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
  5. Write a novel
  6. Give up sugar

Conversation questions:


Do you enjoy being challenged?

What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced?

Would you like to try a new challenge like running a marathon, climbing a high mountain etc?

Think about your workplace: what are some of the challenges that you deal with on a daily basis?

What is more challenging for you, work or family life?

Would a life without challenges be boring?

Are we living in a challenging time?

What are the biggest challenges for the next generation of people?

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