English Language Learning Through Sustainability

Learn basic sustainability terms and English grammar to communicate and contribute to sustainable change. Join the three-week course to be part of a positive movement.


Key course Information


Duration: 3 weeks

Weekly study: 4 hours

English Language Learning Through Sustainability | Courses |  University of Otago | Study With New Zealand Online

Improve your English language skills to help drive change

Sustainability practices are now in many different environments. It is now very important to understand basic sustainability terms, as well as grammar, so that we can communicate better than ever. On this three-week course, you will learn how to explain, discuss, and contribute to sustainable change, using English as your communication tool. You will be part of a positive movement in your home, community, and workplace as you learn the English vocabulary and grammar related to sustainability. 

Learn how to discuss and improve sustainability practices

You’ll discover how you can apply practical solutions using the English language to help improve sustainability in your area. You’ll identify any sustainable processes that are already in place before exploring how you can start to drive positive change.

Explore the sustainability goals at the University of Otago

You’ll learn the language needed to explain the 17 goals of sustainability (SDGs) as set out by the UN to help you gain a broader understanding of sustainability on a global scale.Next, you’ll explore which sustainable goals are being carried out at the University of Otago, a world-leading institute and the first in New Zealand to sign the SDGs.By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to communicate sustainability issues and implement change in your professional and personal environments.

What topics will you cover?

  • The United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Carrying out the SDGs

  • Collaborative projects and sustainable practices at work and home.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the English language required to explain 17 goals of sustainability

  • Classify which sustainable goal(s) relate to the example(s) being carried out at the University of Otago

  • Apply practical solutions using English language in order to improve sustainability practices in your area

  • Discuss sustainable practices in your area using English language

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English language students with an interest in sustainability. It will be of particular interest if you’re looking to upskill your English language ability by learning how to use specific vocabulary and grammar related to sustainability.