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New Internationalist Easier English Wiki

December 5th, 2012 by Dave · 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 the five latest issues. These articles look critically at a wide range of issues and present perspectives that are not so common in the mainstream media. Topics covered so far include the legalization of drugs, healthcare inequality, the power of co-operatives, youth movements, and Internet rights.

Linda and John have also prepared lessons for each issue, in the form of both powerpoints and PDFs. These lessons include vocabulary activities, discussion questions, visual aids and writing prompts aimed at preparing students to read certain articles.

The folks behind the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki are interested in developing this wiki with help from the wider community. If you’d like to get involved, please email them at

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

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  • 1 Earlene Gentry // Dec 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    This sounds like an exciting new resource! It is encouraging to see that there are folks working in such innovative ways to better serve our students and our world-wide community.
    Wishing you much success.

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