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A Collection of Global Issues ESL Activities

April 3rd, 2008 by Dave · No Comments

I was just going through some files, and I found a bunch of links to ESL / EFL activities and materials that deal with global issues. Some are electronic textbooks, while others are in article form. I also added all of these to the global issues activities page in my collection of links for teachers.

Some Peace in the Classroom by Fiona Eastley – This lesson plan asks students to reflect on a time they felt happy and peaceful while practicing their storytelling and listening skills. The lesson plan also asks students to think about how to make their life more peaceful and gives them a chance to put their thoughts into action.

Global Awareness Games in the Language Classroom by Armene Modi – Two games (Gender Issues Snakes and Ladders / EcoQuiz) for raising student awareness of contemporary issues. There are also some follow-up activities.

Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project. This site contains a collection of news stories, complete with a variety of exercises. A typical story consists of a short reading (which is also provided as an audio file) followed by a review of the pronunciation of some of the key vocabulary words. Next, students are asked to spell those words, and finally match them with their definitions. There are many, many readings here, including a whole section on nature. Some are also accompanied by video.

Environmental education resources for multi-cultural education – Two free textbooks made for both teaching English and raising environmental awareness. Both are available as .PDFs.

LaRue Environmental Exercises – A collection of environmental exercises aimed at ESL learners. This site includes both reading and listening activities dealing with waste and recycling.

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