Protecting Our Skin From The Sun

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 15, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

The topic of protecting our skin from the sun is not only crucial for our overall health but also offers English learners a great opportunity to enhance their language skills. Engaging in discussions about sun protection promotes vocabulary expansion as learners encounter specific terms such as sunscreen and UV rays.

Exploring this topic allows learners to practice descriptive language by discussing the effects of sun exposure on different skin types, understanding the importance of shade and protective clothing, and sharing personal experiences with sunburn or sun-related activities.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Why Sun Protection is Important

Sun protection is essential because it keeps our skin healthy. When we spend too much time in the sun without protection, it can cause sunburn, wrinkles and even skin cancer.

By taking simple steps like using sunscreen with a high SPF, staying in the shade or wearing protective clothing, we can reduce these risks and keep our skin safe. Protecting ourselves from the sun is crucial for maintaining good skin health and preventing harmful effects in the long run.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • as a result of (phrase)
  • experience (noun)
  • get away with (phrasal verb)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • take responsibility (phrase)
  • tan (noun)
  • sunburn (noun)
  • sunscreen (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is it to protect our skin from the sun?
  • Have you ever experienced sunburn?
  • Do you always use sun cream when out in the sun?
  • Do you worry about damaging your skin through excessive sun exposure?
  • How important do you think it is to educate children about sun protection?
  • Do you think sun cream can be harmful?
  • In an ideal world how much sun exposure should we get?
  • Is natural sun exposure beneficial for health despite the risks, or should we always rely on sun protection?
  • Do you worry about being vitamin D deficient?
  • What would you do if you forgot to bring sunscreen on a beach day?
  • Should companies be required to provide sun protection resources, such as shade and sunscreen, for their outdoor workers?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.