Lesson idea: Population Pyramid

Our Geography teacher used Population Pyramid in class the other day. The site includes population stats for countries/regions/etc dating back to 1950. It also includes future projections, along with tons of other infographics related to mortality rates, literacy rates, migration, the prevalence of diseases, and so on.

It’s very user-friendly and takes a minute or two to introduce. I can see loads of ways that this can be used in ELT, and it’s perfect for EAL! Here are some ideas for how to use it.


Our Year 7s are currently learning about India. Our Geog teacher introduced a few stats using this site to emphasise the issue of population growth. According to the data, the Indian population has risen by over 1 billion since 1950.

This set the scene for the lesson well. It could have been done as a quick find out… challenge for learners as a ‘do now’ at the start of the lesson, but in our context it might have eaten into time too much!

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