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BART Summer Symposium 2013 – Feeding International Students with the Language they Need

June 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I’m giving the presentation I did at TESOL this year on providing international students the food-related language they need at the BART Summer Symposium. My premise is that we focus on the language for expressing preference, describing cultural foods, and understanding recipes, despite the fact that these are not the most pressing food-related needs that […]

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Tags: BART Symposium 2013 · cultural issues · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · presentations · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

TESOL 2013 – Feeding International Students with the Language They Need

March 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Here are the materials from my TESOL presentation on giving international students the food-related language they need. My premise is that we focus on the language for expressing preference, describing cultural foods, and understanding recipes. In fact, these are not the most pressing food-related needs that our students have. I propose that food lessons should […]

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Tags: blog · cultural issues · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · presentations · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

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

To This Day by Shane Koyczan

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I love Shane Koyczan. I first heard his work in a collaboration with musician Dan Mangan called Tragic Turn of Events / Move Pen Move. His most recent work is a project based around his poem To This Day, where he collaborated with numerous volunteers to make a video that powerfully addresses the issue of […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · bullying · global issues activities · happiness · human rights · listening · poetry · reading · video

The Weirdest People in the World

March 5th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Joseph Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan recently published a paper on The Weirdest People in the World. Here, weird is an acronym meaning Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic. Henrich et al question the conclusions reached by social science experiments conducted largely at American universities. They propose that many of the fundamental truths arrived […]

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Tags: blog · cultural issues · global issues activities · happiness · health · infographics · reading

Banned Foods Used in USA

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

I’m working on a presentation for TESOL 2013 about providing students with the language they need to make food choices. My premise is that most lessons on food don’t do that. Typically, we focus on the language of expressing preference, while ignoring areas like allergies, religion and ethical beliefs. In my presentation, I’ll be sharing […]

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · reading · TESOL 2013 · vegetarian / vegan · vocabulary

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki

December 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Two English teachers (Linda Ruas and John Shepheard) have launched a new wiki featuring simplified versions of articles from the New Internationalist, a magazine focused on promoting global justice. Their intention is the make these articles more accessible for English language learners. As of today, the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki features modified articles from […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · health · human rights · lesson plans · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · speaking · writing

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 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

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