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eLesson Inspirations by IATEFL’s Global Issues SIG

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

IATEFL’s Global Issues Special Interest Group just added a great new feature to their website: eLesson Inspirations. These inspirations take of the form of video clips, each accompanied by several ideas for how they could be used in a class. Five videos have been posted, and they will add new ones every Saturday.

One that caught my eye is this lesson, based on the poem “The Lost Generation” by Johnathan Reed. The poem starts by giving a very bleak view of the future, before reversing (literally) to offer hope. The lesson features 10 ideas for pre- and post-viewing activities. One pre-viewing activity that I would like to try is called “True AND False.” In it, students are split into two groups, with one group being asked to say why a given statement is true, the other arguing why it is false. The statements that students are arguing for or against are found in the poem: lines like “happiness comes from within” or “I can change the world.” Helping students see that statements can be argued as both true and false is a neat way to work on critical literacy.

This poem would also be a great addition to an activity I’ve used asking students to write global issues-themed poetry. For this activity, I like using poems that have structures that students can imitate, making this poem a perfect fit.

This is definitely a resource I’ll keep my eye on, and I encourage you to check it out.

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