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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

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

The Simplicity Exercises is a free PDF full of lessons that engage students with the concept of simplicity. Produced by the Simplicity Institute, it covers areas such as mindfulness, the environment, money and time, asking students to consider simplicity and sufficiency. Some of the activities are experiential. For example, a lesson called Silence and Solitude […]

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Tags: blog · books · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · happiness · health · lesson plans · listening · reading · simplicity · speaking · the environment · vocabulary

Congratulations to Global Issues in the ELT Classroom!

April 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Global Issues in the ELT Classroom, a new textbook by the Czech Republic’s Society for Fair Trade, won a 2010 ELTon from the British Council for innovation. This book uses the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as a framework to address a wide range of global issues. The sample activities look promising, but they are […]

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Tags: blog · books · child labor · climate change · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · statistics · the environment · water

Eating Animals

December 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Eating Animals, the new book by Jonathon Safran Foer, is a very engaging, and wide ranging, look at the ethics of eating animals. He does a great job of exploring the various issues without reducing things to exaggerated extremes. He is a wonderful writer, and I think this book would be a very interesting read […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · books · climate change · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

M. T. Anderson: Feed

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments

In Feed,M. T. Anderson describes a dystopic future, in which the majority of Americans are continually online, via neural implants. The feed supplies a constant stream of advertisements and entertainment options, while keeping tabs on the users consumption patterns. The story follows two high school students, one of whom (atypically) questions the value of the […]

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Tags: blog · books · consumerism · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · reading

Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

I just heard about the book Purple Hearts: Back from Iraqon the World. It’s a collection of photographs and interviews with injured American soldiers returning from Iraq. A short (4:45), powerful slideshow features many of the photos along with recordings taken from the interviews. More photos are available at Nina Berman’s website. Check the purple […]

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Tags: audio · blog · books · global issues activities · peace and war · video

Mark Schapiro: Exposed

December 18th, 2007 · No Comments

On Fresh Air recently, Terry Gross interviewed Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed. Schapiro talks about the toxic chemicals that are released into our bodies and our environment by many of the goods that we consume. He also talks about how the US policies on hazardous chemicals are much laxer than the EU policies. Thus, many […]

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Tags: blog · books · consumerism · ESL activity · global issues activities · health · listening · reading · the environment

Peter Heller: The Whale Warriors

December 18th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I just listened to an interview with Peter Heller, author of a new book called The Whale Warriors. In it, he details his adventures with Paul Watson, a “pirate” who has dedicated his life to stopping illegal whaling. I haven’t yet read the book (waiting for a used paperback) but the story is great: Watson […]

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Tags: blog · books · ESL activity · global issues activities · listening · reading · the environment

Larry Sabato – “A More Perfect Constitution”

October 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

I just listened to an interview with Larry Sabato on The Diane Rehm Show. They discuss his new book, A More Perfect Constitution. In the book (and interview) he outlines 23 suggestions to improve the Constitution to make it fairer. If I were teaching ESL students in the US, I think this could be the […]

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