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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

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

Dale Hansen on Michael Sam Coming Out

February 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri student who is expected to be drafted in the NFL, recently came out. Public reaction has been mixed, with some NFL personnel saying that they wouldn’t be comfortable having a gay player in the locker room. This video, featuring Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, offers a powerful response to these […]

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Tags: global issues activities · LGBT Issues · listening · video

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 […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · poetry · speaking · the environment · video · visual prompts · vocabulary · writing

Wendell Berry / The US Government Shutdown

October 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

On a recent episode of Moyers and Company, Bill Moyers sat down with Wendell Berry. Berry is a writer, farmer and environmental activist who has been active in the US for over 50 years. The interview is pretty long (~40 minutes) but sections of it would be great in a lesson on the environment, food, […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · listening · poetry · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video · writing

The Story of Bottled Water

July 25th, 2013 · No Comments

The Story of Bottled Water is a video by Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios (of The Story of Stuff fame) on the issue of bottled water. It is relatively short (about 8 minutes) and the language is fairly accessible. They also offer an annotated script that students could read along with. Anthony Lavigne (LinkedIn) […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · ESL activity · global issues activities · listening · reading · speaking · the environment · video · visual prompts · water · writing

Food MythBusters

July 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Food MythBusters covers a wide range of topics, including things like hunger and food security and marketing and advertising. They have resources in a variety of formats, including videos, infographics and fact sheets. The blog is also full of great information. This is definitely a site I’d look through if I were putting together a […]

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · infographics · listening · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts

This is Water

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

I am a huge David Foster Wallace fan, and I think this video adapted from a commencement speech he gave in 2005 is fantastic. I would especially considering showing it to my college- or grad-school-bound students. It’s a bit long, and it’s certainly not the easiest thing in the world to understand, but I love […]

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Tags: blog · happiness · listening · video · visual prompts

We the People, and the Republic we must Reclaim

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Over the past several election cycles, I’ve become convinced that the only issue that truly matters is getting the money out of politics. Until we do that, no meaningful change is possible. Lawrence Lessig’s recent TED talk expresses this problem in clear and engaging terms. This talk would be difficult for most students, but it […]

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Tags: blog · finance · global issues activities · listening · politics · statistics · video

100 Views of Climate Change

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

100 Views of Climate Change is a website from Colorado State University that offers short and long videos on climate change, along with notes on books and articles and links to other resources. Finding specific resources is very easy. The site is broken into five sections: climate, nature, humans, action, and the big picture. Each […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · climate change · global issues activities · global issues resources · listening · reading · the environment · video