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TESOL 2014 – Part of the Solution: Making Language Programs More Environmentally Sustainable

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

This roundtable discussion was the second of two sessions presented this year by the TESOL Environmental Responsibility Forum. In this discussion, participants looked at ways an English language program could improve their overall environmental responsibility. I started the session by briefly describing my experience in attempting to green two different English language programs. The project […]

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Tags: administration · blog · consumerism · food and hunger · greening an IEP · TESOL 2014 · TESOL Environmental Responsibility Forum · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · vocabulary

eLesson Inspirations by IATEFL’s Global Issues SIG

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

IATEFL’s Global Issues Special Interest Group just added a great new feature to their website: eLesson Inspirations. These inspirations take of the form of video clips, each accompanied by several ideas for how they could be used in a class. Five videos have been posted, and they will add new ones every Saturday. One that […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · poetry · speaking · the environment · video · visual prompts · vocabulary · writing

TESOL 2013 – Environmentally Responsible Program Administration

March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

In this session, we talked about ideas for greening an English language program. I shared my own experiences, dividing my time between the areas of curriculum and resources. Here is the presentation I gave. Below, you can find links to the various materials I discussed. A good place to start is a project I undertook […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · Global Issues class · greening an IEP · presentations · service learning · TESOL 2013 · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · vocabulary

Banned Foods Used in USA

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

I’m working on a presentation for TESOL 2013 about providing students with the language they need to make food choices. My premise is that most lessons on food don’t do that. Typically, we focus on the language of expressing preference, while ignoring areas like allergies, religion and ethical beliefs. In my presentation, I’ll be sharing […]

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Tags: blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · reading · TESOL 2013 · vegetarian / vegan · vocabulary

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

The Simplicity Exercises is a free PDF full of lessons that engage students with the concept of simplicity. Produced by the Simplicity Institute, it covers areas such as mindfulness, the environment, money and time, asking students to consider simplicity and sufficiency. Some of the activities are experiential. For example, a lesson called Silence and Solitude […]

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Tags: blog · books · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · happiness · health · lesson plans · listening · reading · simplicity · speaking · the environment · vocabulary

TESOL 2012 Presentation – Offering Options: Activities That Raise Awareness of Local Environmental Resources

March 29th, 2012 · No Comments

For those who both were and were not able to attend my TESOL 2012 presentation, here are the materials I referred to. The overall focus of my presentation was using local environmental resources as a way to both raise student awareness of environmental issues and to offer them opportunities for positive action. One emphasis I […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · conferences · consumerism · global issues activities · greening an IEP · lesson plans · listening · presentations · professional organizations · reading · speaking · TESOL 2012 · the environment · visual prompts · vocabulary · writing

What We Are For

March 7th, 2011 · No Comments

George Monbiot just put together a proposal for an agenda for an upcoming rally in the UK that will include a number of different organizations. He did this in recognition of the fact that it is important to be FOR something, not just AGAINST things. This parallels something that I’ve long wondered: how can politicians […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · vocabulary

TDD Summer 2010 Presentation – Creating “Safe Zones” for LGBTQ ESL Students

August 4th, 2010 · No Comments

At our last teacher development day, my wife gave a presentation on helping LGBTQ students and instructors feel comfortable and respected in our classes, and in our program as a whole. Below, you can find PDFs of the different materials she used. Her presentation was based in part on USF’s Safe Zone program. We started […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · global issues activities · human rights · LGBT Issues · presentations · reading · vocabulary


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

Tenants’ Rights Flash Cards

March 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I love these! Designer Candy Chang’s Tenants’ Rights Flash Cards come in sets of 30, with each one explaining a different right. They would make a great addition to a class for adult immigrant students. Some of the laws referred to are specific to New York, but a lot of the information applies to other […]

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Tags: blog · human rights · poverty & wealth · racism · visual prompts · vocabulary