ESL etc.

Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

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First of all, thank you very much to all of the participants of this course. You are an inspiring bunch!

Here are the presentations that I used during our workshops. If you have any questions (or find any broken links), please feel free to email me.

  1. Introduction and Theoretical Framework
  2. Designing an Environmental Unit (pt. 1)
  3. Designing an Environmental Unit (pt. 2)
  4. Mindfulness and the Environment
  5. Greening your Classroom (and Beyond)

And here are the handouts I provided.

And here are links to the resources I mentioned.

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Material World is the site that features pictures of families with all of their possessions.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is a slideshow of families posing with the food they eat in a week.

Facing the Future – In addition to the materials they sell, they offer some free materials, including Buy, Use, Toss (a 10-lesson unit on production, consumption and disposal), Climate Change: Connections and Solutions (a two-week lesson available in both grade 6-8 and 9-12 versions). They also have Issues and Solutions pages, which link to additional information as well as opportunities for service learning.

Simplicity Institute – I highly recommend The Simplicity Exercises, which is full of great activities that cultivate mindfulness and environmental responsibility. The Simpler Way is a great source of environmentally responsible actions that students could experiment with. They also have a number of academic articles on simplicity, mindfulness and environmental sustainability, including several that focus specifically on educating for simplicity. For example, see Educating for Simple Living or ‘Education’ under Consumer-Capitalism, and the Simpler Way.

Institute for Humane Education – Their Resource Center has lots and lots of activities on topics like consumerism and environmental protection, many of which specifically target language arts. They also have Global Issues Guides which are Pintrest boards collecting books, articles, videos and lessons related to various issue.

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki – This is a big collection of easier English versions of articles from the New Internationalist, a progressive current events magazine. They cover topics like climate change, the environment, food, and sustainability. They also have readymade lesson plans based on their articles.

The Story of Stuff Project – They started with a short movie on consumption and waste (The Story of Stuff), and have expanded to a variety of issues. Check out their Learning Tools for a variety of free materials, many of which support their videos. One new resource that caught my eye is their Faith-based Program for Christian Teens. Consumer capitalism functions in many ways like a religion, so (if it is appropriate in your context) taking a faith-based approach to consumption makes a lot of sense.

The Greater Good Science Center has lots of information on education and things like mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. Greater Good in Action features a collection of activities and practices aimed at developing these attributes.

youthXchange – This is a project by UNEP and UNESCO to promote sustainable consumption among urban youth. One thing to check out as a source of reading activities is their guide (there is a Hungarian version, too). There is also a “department store” profiling a variety of sustainable products and practices from around the world and a “career compass” providing links to companies and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.

Center for Ecoliteracy – They have instructional tools in the teach section of their site, along with strategies and philosophical grounding materials aimed at teachers. Their materials tend to be project-based and experiential.

Digital Library for Earth System Education – They have thousands (literally – over 11,000) of lessons for learning about the environment. It’s a little intimidating to browse through, but they have tools to help you search.

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network – They have a collection of 600+ free resources for secondary through higher ed classrooms.

NASA Global Climate Change Education Modules – A collection of K-12 lessons on climate change.

Global Education Network – Their curriculum page includes 4 units dealing with fair trade and climate change. For grades 6-12.

United States Institute of Peace – Offers extensive Peacebuilding Tookits for Educators for both middle school and high school.

Environmental Protection Agency (US) – Offers a 133-page textbook aimed at English language learners. It focuses mostly on solid waste issues (reduce, reuse, recycle).