Space Exploration Is a Waste of Money

When we think of space we often think of retro flashbacks of Star Trek and popular sci-fi shows. Sadly, the dream to travel to the stars and live ‘off world’ is a rather distant dream for the moment. In real life, agencies like NASA and ESA are at the forefront of such endeavours with annual budgets running in to the billions. Would it be better to spend that money on helping people in developing countries, or just something else?

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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Space exploration is a waste of money

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