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Podcast #10 – Boycott Activity

June 1st, 2007 by Dave · No Comments


This week, I talk about an activity that I’ve used a few times that teaches students about the concept of boycotting and asks them to do a bit of Internet research on the topic. I currently do a version of it that doesn’t require handouts, but the handouts that I used in the past are all available here. A lesson plan for this activity appeared in Chatterbox no. 2, KOTESOL’s global issues newsletter.

Near the end of the podcast, I mention a handout on looking critically at websites that could be used with this activity.

While explaining the activity, I refer to some issues behind various Coca-Cola boycotts. I don’t claim to know whether or not these allegations are true, but here are some sources for additional information. The India Resource Center has information on a variety of the complaints made against Coca-Cola in India and this video from PBS investigates some of the charges made against Coca-Cola in Columbia.

Here is the resource that lets you test the readability of a given text.

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Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or want to share some ideas of your own.

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