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Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

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Take Our Jobs

June 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Take Our Jobs is a project by the United Farm Workers offering harvesting jobs to unemployed Americans. The idea is to contend the allegation that illegal immigrants take “our” jobs, while also raising awareness about the food chain. Asking students to look at this initiative could be a great way to bring up issues of […]

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Tags: animal rights · cultural issues · fair trade · financial crisis (2008) · food and hunger · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · the environment · vegetarian / vegan

Teach UNICEF

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Teach UNICEF is a new website that shares a bunch of UNICEF teaching materials by topic and grade level. Topics include child labor, armed conflict, poverty and sanitation, to name a few. Most topics offer materials for grades 6-8 and 9-12, and some include K-2 or 3-5. You can also browse by media type. I […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · fair trade · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · lesson plans · listening · maps · natural disasters · peace and war · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · video · visual prompts · vocabulary · volunteering · water

Congratulations to Global Issues in the ELT Classroom!

April 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Global Issues in the ELT Classroom, a new textbook by the Czech Republic’s Society for Fair Trade, won a 2010 ELTon from the British Council for innovation. This book uses the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as a framework to address a wide range of global issues. The sample activities look promising, but they are […]

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Tags: blog · books · child labor · climate change · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · statistics · the environment · water

The Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

March 31st was Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Larry Ferlazzo updated his list of the Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez. His list includes a lot of great stuff, including readings, audio and video clips. One that caught my eye is something from the Smithsonian on the banning of the short-handled hoe. I have to […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · listening · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · slideshow · video · visual prompts

Affluenza

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. 4. A television program that could change your life. Affluenza is a […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · cultural issues · global issues activities · health · poverty & wealth · the environment · video

Worldometers

February 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I’m a fan of statistics as conversation / writing prompts, and Worldometers features a bunch of interesting stats. The main page provides real-time stats on a variety of issues, including consumption (military expenses, car production etc.), the environment (CO2 emissions, forest loss, etc.) and food (number of overweight people, number of people who died of […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · peace and war · poverty & wealth · statistics · the environment · visual prompts · water

The Institute for Humane Education

February 10th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute for Humane Education has a great collection of activities, many of which could be used with English language learners. Most of them are aimed at younger learners, but many could also be used effectively with adults. I haven’t yet had a chance to go through the whole site, but I took a look […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · poverty & wealth · reading · speaking · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · visual prompts · water

Odds and Ends (Documentaries, Strange Maps, and more!)

September 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here are a bunch of quick links that I have been meaning to post for a while: Strange Maps is a great blog that features, well, strange maps. The pictures are really interesting, and the accompanying text is usually informative. A Road Map to Success and Bridge to Nowhere: a Map of Golden Gate Jumpers […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · cultural issues · finance · global issues activities · maps · poverty & wealth · video · visual prompts

ACT Responsible

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments

ACT Responsible is a Swiss non-profit that attempts to use the talents of advertisers to address environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Their gallery is full of images and short videos that could be great visual prompts for activities on a wide variety of issues. For starters, check out highlights in The Best Adverts to Save […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · natural disasters · pictures · poverty & wealth · slideshow · the environment · video · visual prompts · water

Moneyless World

July 23rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

I just came across an interesting article about Daniel Suelo, an American who has been living without money since 2000. The article offers a brief and accessible biography. Suelo also has a blog and there is also a short documentary on him. I think this would be an interesting way to bring up issues of […]

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Tags: blog · Buddhism · consumerism · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · pictures · poverty & wealth · the environment · visual prompts