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Beyond Doom and Gloom: Including Solutions to Climate Change

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

I recently attended a webinar by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The webinar introduced some new teaching materials aimed at helping students understand how they could take productive actions related to climate change. I like this approach, as I’ve found in my own teaching that simply teaching about problems can […]

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Tags: climate change · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · reading · slideshow · video

Reacting to the Past

April 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

I just read this account of an English teachers experience participating in a conference session using Reacting to the Past. Reacting to the Past is an approach to teaching history and critical thinking skills using historical roleplays. From their pedagogical introduction: Reacting games last from four to fourteen class sessions, although most games are in […]

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Tags: blog · books · cultural issues · ESL activity · history · human rights · lesson plans · poverty & wealth

Quick Activity About Privilege

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

This is a great (and quick) activity to highlight how privilege works, and how it can be largely invisible to those who enjoy it. The short version: Students are instructed to ball up a sheet of paper. Next, the teacher puts the recycling bin in the front of the classroom, and tells them that, in […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · human rights · lesson plans · poverty & wealth

Black Friday, Consumption, and Buy Nothing Day 2014

November 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment

As Black Friday approaches, I thought I’d share this collection of activities that Krista presented last year at a BART event. For those looking for still more ideas, here is a post from 2012 on teaching about Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day, and here is one from 2007. Target audience: EAP students, high intermediate […]

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Tags: blog · Buy Nothing Day · consumerism · ESL activity · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · reading · video

Sorry… It’s Global Justice Again

July 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

This is a guest post written by Linda Ruas from the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki. If you have materials or ideas you’d like to share, please email me. I have often felt I need to apologize in some way for my wiki. Reading about breast-ironing in Cameroon, slavery in Mauritania, the feral rich in […]

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Tags: blog · global issues resources · lesson plans · reading · reflection

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki – Update

July 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I first posted about the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki about a year and a half ago. Since then, they’ve added a lot of great materials to their site. The New Internationalist is a magazine focused on promoting global justice and, through their easier English wiki, they make articles more accessible to English language learners […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · fair trade · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · human rights · infographics · lesson plans · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · protests · the environment

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

May 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as […]

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Tags: art as activism · climate change · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · history · listening · natural disasters · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video

The #GlobalPOV Project

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The #GlobalPOV Project is an initiative by the Blum Center at the University of California, Berkeley that addresses poverty and inequality through innovative digital media. Their videos are extremely visual, and are thus a good way to communicate complex ideas to English language learners. As an example, “Can Experts Solve Poverty?” would be a great […]

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Tags: blog · fair trade · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · video · visual aids

TESOL 2014 – Resources from the LGBTF Forum Roundtable

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a list of resources discussed at the LGBTF Forum roundtable at TESOL 2014. Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit Gay Straight Alliance Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Council of Teachers of English National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Peace Learner Safe Schools Coalition Seattle and King County Dept. […]

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Tags: blog · global issues resources · LGBT Issues · listservs · professional organizations · TESOL 2014

TESOL 2014 – Part of the Solution: Making Language Programs More Environmentally Sustainable

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

This roundtable discussion was the second of two sessions presented this year by the TESOL Environmental Responsibility Forum. In this discussion, participants looked at ways an English language program could improve their overall environmental responsibility. I started the session by briefly describing my experience in attempting to green two different English language programs. The project […]

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Tags: administration · blog · consumerism · food and hunger · greening an IEP · TESOL 2014 · TESOL Environmental Responsibility Forum · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · vocabulary