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Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible para Principiantes

Date of Publication

September 2019

Target Group


Domain Area


Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


This teaching resource suits the needs of advanced students who study Sustainability through the medium of Spanish. The resource is a website that tackles the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world. It presents fundamental information regarding the history and rationale behind each of the SDGs.
Though this teaching resource does not explicitly cover all five skills defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR, 2018) – i.e., reading, writing, speaking, listening and meditation –, it displays a big potential for an integrated approach to all of them, so as to facilitate a harmonious development of students’ language competences.

Case study

What follows is a series of methodological guidelines as to how this resource cold be used in a real classroom setting, ranging from face-to-face tuition through blended learning to virtual scenarios. This teaching resource would be implemented as part of a much more comprehensive teaching unit. The target group should be no larger than forty-five higher education students, attending a specialization course aimed at improving not only their Language for Specific Purposes skills – though this is the main target group – but also at enhancing their general language competences on the subjects of this teaching resource. The advised approach to implement this teaching resource is largely communicative, and the most appropriate methodology is eclectic, active and learner-centered, including cooperative learning, project-based learning and flipped classroom.


- Warm-up activity / pre-reading: brainstorm as a whole class, in pairs, debate over climate change, pre-teaching/anticipating key vocabulary (word spiders / semantic fields), etc.
- While-reading: note-taking, answering comprehension questions, identifying vocabulary, summarising key points, gap-fill, matching words to definitions, etc.
- Post-reading: paraphrasing, clarifying, giving feedback, mindmap, infographic.
- Follow-up: oral presentation/PPT, information search, Linoit (collaborative mural).


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills


Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning


Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries


Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning


Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need


Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


This resource is a website that provides detailed information about the UN sustainable development goals. The language is kept simple and clear, which makes it an excellent text to familiarise students with a pertinent topic.
The adaptability of this teaching resource is very high due to the wide range of pedagogical possibilities that it offers. In addition, its technical usability and accessibility for both lecturers and students can be said to be flexible enough for different learning scenarios. As a result, the motivation enhancement and the comprehensive of this teaching resource is assessed by these evaluators as highly suitable for the target groups in the context of Language for Specific Purposes.
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