For those who both were and were not able to attend my TESOL 2012 presentation, here are the materials I referred to. The overall focus of my presentation was using local environmental resources as a way to both raise student awareness of environmental issues and to offer them opportunities for positive action. One emphasis I made was the importance of drawing connections between these issues and our everyday lives, thus empowering students to take action. I covered three main activities, each of which are explained below. If you have any questions, please let me know.
For a sense of how everything was organized, take a look at the slideshow.
The first activity I covered was a green orientation. This was an activity designed to familiarize students with green resources in their local community. One purpose of this was to enable them to make more environmentally responsible choices, and to follow whatever environmental beliefs they may have come to the English language program with. The two handouts we looked at during the presentation were the green orientation introduction and the green directory. This orientation was done as part of a larger project to green an English language program, and if you click on this page you can get loads more info on the larger project, including links to articles and podcasts. The other handouts used for the green orientation (which were not included during the presentation) were an FAQ that suggested possible answers to the questions on the introduction handout, and a set of roleplays and discussion questions that we used for review.
The next handout we looked at was a summary of the everyday action project. Please visit this page for more information on the project, including all of the handouts, along with an article I wrote for JALT’s Global Issues in Language Education newsletter.
If you have any questions about any of these activities, please let me know. Feel free to email me or post in the comments. I’d also love to hear about other activities you’ve used to bring local environmental resources into the classroom.