- Parent Category: Upper-Intermediate English Students
- Category: Upper-Intermediate Mini Lessons
- Written by Chris Cotter
Although difficult to imagine, "global zero" proposes a future free of nuclear weapons. Of course, not everyone believes this is possible. After all, even small nations have worked towards building nuclear weapons in the past. Some experts even believe this is desirable, because they think nuclear weapons prevent attacks. However, scientists, foreign policy experts, and most citizens around the world agree a reduced stockpile would be better for everyone.
Many people view nuclear weapons as a threat to the safety of the planet. It's likely that an accident or moment of miscommunication could lead to a nuclear attack or, even worse, a nuclear war. Nuclear arms also are very costly, and they motivate other nations to develop and stockpile weapons. In short, the cons outweigh the pros.
Preview the lesson material:
Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Discuss the statements for two or three minutes.
- Nuclear weapons keep the world safe.
- Only large nations like the US, Russia, and China should have nuclear weapons.
Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.
Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.
- What do you think about global zero? Please explain.
- Do you think the world is more dangerous now than ever before? Why/not?
- What are your country's beliefs toward nuclear weapons? Do you agree or disagree?