The Government Should Introduce a Sugar Tax

Over the years obesity has taken a foothold in many western societies. The average citizen’s weight has almost doubled from around 80 years prior. The diet people have is now laden with sugar and complex fats, it is definitely affecting the nation’s waistline and wellbeing.

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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The government should introduce a sugar tax

Further reading / additional resources

The UK has introduced a sugar tax, but will it work?

The 2018 UK sugar tax

Soft drink sugar tax starts, but will it work?

Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into effect