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TESOL 2012 Presentation – Teach Your Students to Save the World through Social Entrepreneurship

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Catharine Hannay and William Little wrote this post about their TESOL presentation. Thank you both very much for sharing this! And for anyone else who has materials they’d like to share, let me know. It was lovely meeting David at the TESOL convention, as well as several other teachers who are interested in social justice […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · global issues resources · poverty & wealth · presentations · professional organizations · service learning · social entrepreneurship · teaching with games · TESOL 2012 · video games


September 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Spent is an educational game that attempts to give users the experience of living on the edge of poverty. You make a series of choices, trying to keep your head above water financially. It is text-based, providing lots of reading opportunities with plenty of life-skills-related vocabulary. I particularly like how they demonstrate that financial pressures […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · financial crisis (2008) · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · teaching with games · video games

Global Issues Activities for K-12 ESL Classes

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

I was recently asked for suggestions for materials that could be used with younger learners. Here are a few of my favorites. Facing the Future has a collection of activity-based, global issues lesson plans for students of all ages. In addition to the great stuff they offer for sale, they have a ton of materials […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · fair trade · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · listening · peace and war · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · speaking · the environment · video · video games · visual prompts · water · writing

Virtual Forest Challenge

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Virtual Forest Challenge is a video game from Scholastic that takes students through a variety of daily life situations and asks them to make environmentally responsible choices. It doesn’t take that long to play through, and it’s got a good variety of daily behaviors for students to think about. There are also some teaching materials, […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · the environment · video games

The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Larry Ferlazzo recently posted a brief summary of a variety of cause-related online games. I’ve posted about free rice and free poverty before, but a bunch of the other ones are new to me. I’m not sure how reliable the claims of charitable donations from the various sites are, but they are worth checking out.

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · the environment · video games · water

Peace Corps Challenge Online Game

March 12th, 2009 · No Comments

I just came across a Flash-based game that simulates what it’s like to be a Peace Corps volunteer. I haven’t played it a great deal, but it seems like a decent game for language learners. You start out in a village, trying to solve a problem with their water supply. The bulk of the game […]

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · poverty & wealth · reading · video games · visual prompts · vocabulary · water

Some Eco-Themed Videogames

January 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Low Impact Living just profiled several environmentally-themed video games, some of which look like they would be good to use with language learners. In Climate Challenge, the player is president of the European Union, and the goal is to balance green policy with keeping the populace happy. Ayiti: The Cost of Life gives students the […]

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Tags: climate change · food and hunger · global issues activities · politics · poverty & wealth · the environment · video games

New and Improved

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I first mentioned FreeRice last year. In brief, it was a website that raised money via advertising to make donations of rice while visitors to the site went through a vocabulary quiz. Now, they have added quizzes on a variety of other subjects, including grammar, art, geography and chemistry. They have also doubled their donation […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · video games · vocabulary

June 19th, 2008 · No Comments

FreePoverty is a new site similar to FreeRice. Students go through a geography quiz, with correct answers raising money for water donations to developing countries. Currently, I haven’t seen any third party validation of the site, so I’m not sure if it is legit or not. The quiz is pretty fun, though. They give you […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · video games · vocabulary

Sim Sweatshop

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

My interest in videogames as tools for teaching global issues has been waning a bit, but I just saw Sim Sweatshop, a game that attempts to let players experience life in a sneaker sweatshop. Throughout the game, the player is presented with options and situations via pop-up windows. These require reading, and refer to a […]

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