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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 #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

Buy Nothing Day 2012

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments

With all the talk of Black Friday (here in the US), I always like to do a short lesson on Buy Nothing Day around this time of year. One place to get materials is the Adbusters’ campaign page, where there are a number of protest ideas and posters. Developing Teachers has a 90-minute lesson based […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · Buy Nothing Day · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · happiness · lesson plans · my articles · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · simplicity · the environment · visual prompts

The True Cost of Food / Free Range Studios

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The True Cost of Food is a 15-minute video about the hidden costs of factory farming, industrial agriculture and fast food. It comes with a discussion guide and an excellent Take Action handout. I really like how the Take Action handout is framed — recommending actions based on the issues students care about. The video […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · lesson plans · listening · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual aids

But It’s Just One Cent! Middle School ELLs Practice Critical Literacy in Support of Migrant Farmworkers

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

This past summer, at the BART Summer Symposium, I went to a great presentation about a middle-school ESL unit on the treatment of migrant farmworkers. One of the presenters just published an article on this in the Fall 2012 issue of eJournal of Literacy and Social Responsibility. It starts on page 158. Students began by […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · human rights · k-12 · poverty & wealth

After Capitalism

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

After Capitalism is a series of short animated videos available from The Guardian. Each video features a student animation of an impression of post-capitalist society. I was particularly struck by this one. The text of each animation comes from various authors and economists, including one of my favorite journalists, George Monbiot. The videos are short […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · happiness · health · human rights · imagined future · listening · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · the environment · video · visual prompts

TDD Summer 2011 Presentation – Global Issues Poetry Activity

July 20th, 2012 · No Comments

In preparation for an office move, I’ve been going through my files. I found a presentation I gave last summer that I wanted to share. It’s on a global issues themed poetry activity. I’ve done it with both intermediate and advanced students. The first iteration of this activity was done as one of the activities […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · consumerism · ESL activity · fair trade · global issues activities · greening an IEP · human rights · lesson plans · poetry · poverty & wealth · presentations · racism · reading · the environment · writing

Why I’m Not Preparing My Students to Compete in the Global Marketplace

January 17th, 2012 · 4 Comments

It’s not ESL specific, but I found a lot of relevant ideas in McKay Jenkins’ recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In it, he argues against focusing on preparing students for competition in the global marketplace. Instead, he suggests helping students understand and explore the problems of the marketplace, problems that are becoming […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · finance · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · the environment

Slavery Footprint

November 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Slavery Footprint is a visually engaging survey that roughly determines how many slaves were involved in producing the goods we consume. It’s similar to carbon footprint calculators in terms of the questions it asks, asking about your home, electronics, diet, clothing and so on. On several of the questions, it allows you to really delve […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · visual prompts

Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the fundamental problems with capitalism as it is currently practiced in many countries around the world is that it relies on continual growth. Obviously, this is not sustainable. The Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy (CASSE) is an organization that seeks to explore the true costs of growth-based economics, as well […]

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