Texts for English Class

Download these high quality English texts for free & help make the world a better place

Let’s make learning & teaching languages meaningful. We can use the target language as a platform to enhance knowledge, raise awareness & broaden horizons. Here are some English language texts relating to the promotion of health & wellbeing & amended for English (EFL/ESL/TEFL/TESL/TESOL/ESOL) classes. They were specially selected for their high quality, the value of their ideas as well as their timelessness – in that they will still be interesting for a long time to come. Many texts make use of new & innovative learning techniques invented by Luc & have digital flashcards of the key words stored online at Quizlet.com. Go to Quizlet.com & search for the ‘Peacemakerfoundation.com’ class, or search using the article’s title. All learning materials relating to the texts were created by Luc unless stated otherwise. The texts are suitable for low-intermediate to high-intermediate learners unless stated otherwise. Enjoy!

Mind Health Texts for English Class

Everyday Think as You Wake Up’ + ‘Everyone’s a VIP’ + Quizlet (The above text)

‘Everyday Think as You Wake Up’ + Quizlet (beginner to intemediate)

The Greatest Achievement is Selflessness + Quizlet

The Pursuit of Happiness + Tablearning technique (advanced)

Mindmap to go with the article

The Pursuit of Happiness (Mindmap of article)

Pandas are why Taipei is Happy + Quizlet
Supplementary material for ‘Pandas are why Taipei is Happy’ (World Rankings for Quality of Life)

Comparing Income with Peers Causes Unhappiness (created by Rob at Davids English)

Lost Spanish Lotto Ticket Handed in to Clear Conscience + Quizlet

World Health Texts for English Class

World Peace
The Global Community (intermediate to advanced)

Zones of Peace (intermediate to advanced)

Christian Church Opens Doors to Muslims + Quizlet

Germany’s anti-Islam Marches (advanced)

Excerpts from A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (advanced)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (advanced)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (Chinese translation)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (Arabic translation)

The Environment 

Legal Limit on Vehicles Idling Set to be Enforced + Quizlet (The above text)
Link to related video

London Drivers Face Idling Fine + Quizlet

The Bicycle Kingdom Starts Living up to its Name (intermediate to advanced)
Questions about cycling in the city

Now that’s a First Class Delivery! Posties Trial Futuristic Electric UNICYCLES + Quizlet

Filling a City With Moving Walkways + Quizlet   (intermediate to advanced)
Link to Video


*A Short History of Nearly Everything (excerpt) + Quizlet (The above text) (intermediate to advanced)
*A Short History of Nearly Everything (full text) + Quizlet (advanced)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Quizlet flashcards)
*(About Claire Patterson: the man who campaigned to get lead taken out of petrol)

Rise of the Asian Megacity + Quizlet (advanced)


City Sponsored Study Touts Benefits of Pedestrian Plazas and Bike Lanes + Quizlet (The above text)

Paris Launches Electric Car-Sharing Scheme (created by Rob at Davids English)
Questions about electric vehicles and car sharing

Looking for the Happiest Place on Earth. Head Straight for Denmark + Quizlet

People in Taiwan Waste about NT$240 Billion Worth of Food per Year: Poll + Quizlet

Queen Elizabeth II Buys World Largest Wind Turbine – Towers over Big Ben, to Light up Thousands of British Homes + Quizlet

Penguins’ Slick New Look: Woolly Jumpers Help Save Hundreds of Birds Caught in Oil Spills + Quizlet
‘Penguins’ Slick New Look’ article (Quizlet flashcards printout)

Art in Children’s Language Classes

Just remember: kids like games, stories, and cartoons.  If we help children to see learning as fun – as the greatest game – then we’ve already done them a great service.

The great thing about using art in language classes is that students can use and hear a variety of language in the process and it can also help them to achieve a relaxed focus beneficial to learning.  Furthermore auditory and visual tasks are easily performed in unison so as students draw they can still talk or listen to stories and music.  The students generally love it, it can help them to focus, you get some peace, and you’ll probably get very happy parents who have visual proof that their children are actually learning or doing something constructive.  If the artwork can help the World then all the better.  In some cases the artwork can be part of a wider campaign.  For example, in America various schools took part in an anti-idling campaign in which students drew posters, displayed them, and then even went out to remind parents in cars to not idle their engines.

While students create posters I sometimes read aloud stories or articles they have previously learned.  You can also make it a game by pausing in mid-speech.  The student that can recall the next sentence, word or idea can get a point for their team.

Tip: Each student must first create a sketch including all the text in pencil.  Then a teacher checks and only once the teacher says or writes that it’s OK can the student start to use pen.  It’s often good to use plenty of the target language in the artwork, such as in speech bubbles and so on.

Example artwork from English classes:


Feel free to get in touch and send images by your students.  High quality artwork with beneficial messages could be put online.

If you have a school in Hong Kong and would like to hire Luc (the Peacemaker founder) for a poster making session with students then feel free to get in touch.  Free for orphanages, charities, and non-profit organizations.

For resources to help when making posters with students see HERE

To see the winning entries in our 2015 poster contest see HERE

Air Quality Campaign Posters for Schools

The following copyright free images can be used in the classroom, either for colouring in and adding text or as a reference. Especially suitable for language, science, and art classes.  Some text ideas are provided to help ‘kickstart’ the children’s inspiration.  Hopefully they won’t be idle.
停車請熄火好不好

See this post in Mandarin Chinese 看中文版
In 2015 we held a poster contest. For the results see HERE

Worksheets for Schools

worksheet for English classes, poster

Making Green Streets Poster

Present Continuous Verbs

Link to Quizlet flashcards
Download as a PDF
Making Green Streets (whole file: image + text + extra)
Making Green Streets (image + text) 

Making Green Streets gap fill verb+ing + has & have (higher intermediate)
Making Green Streets gap fill verb+ing + has & have (lower intermediate)
Making Green Streets gap fill verb+ing (beginner)
Extra Stuff
For users of the Notability App (includes a short ”video” (audio + linked text) on how to make a decision matrix)