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Entries Tagged as 'visual aids'

The #GlobalPOV Project

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The #GlobalPOV Project is an initiative by the Blum Center at the University of California, Berkeley that addresses poverty and inequality through innovative digital media. Their videos are extremely visual, and are thus a good way to communicate complex ideas to English language learners. As an example, “Can Experts Solve Poverty?” would be a great […]

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Tags: blog · fair trade · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · video · visual aids

Russia’s Crackdown on Homosexuality / Olympic Boycotts

August 1st, 2013 · No Comments

I’d like to share a couple of articles about the ongoing crackdown by Russia’s government on homosexuality. This article summarizes the issues well, detailing the various laws that have been passed. These include a ban on adoption by gay parents and a law allowing police to arrest tourists and hold them for up to two […]

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Tags: blog · bullying · global issues activities · human rights · LGBT Issues · protests · reading · visual aids

The True Cost of Food / Free Range Studios

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The True Cost of Food is a 15-minute video about the hidden costs of factory farming, industrial agriculture and fast food. It comes with a discussion guide and an excellent Take Action handout. I really like how the Take Action handout is framed — recommending actions based on the issues students care about. The video […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · lesson plans · listening · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual aids

Happiness and English language teaching

April 13th, 2011 · 3 Comments

My wife went to the recent TESOL conference in New Orleans, and one of the sessions she went to was a talk by Marc Helgesen on language teaching and positive psychology. Positive psychology is a relatively new movement in psychology that basically looks at the science of happiness. On his website, Helgesen shares a variety […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · happiness · health · lesson plans · listening · reading · speaking · visual aids · writing

Clean Up Your Mess: A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Visual design is a component to many class projects. I always require a visual aid for presentations, be it a poster, powerpoint, website or something else, and even traditional research papers have an important visual element. Clean Up Your Mess is a very accessible website on the basics of visual design. As you might expect, […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · presentation skills · visual aids · writing