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Is the World Getting Better or Worse?

September 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Is the World Getting Better or Worse? is a great infographic that combines trends on a number of issues. Basically, it shows that things have improved for most people over the last couple of decades, with the exception of war and the environment. While this is a pretty predictable conclusion, it’s nice to have a […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · natural disasters · peace and war · poverty & wealth · the environment · visual prompts

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

Worldmapper

July 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Worldmapper has a large collection of world maps that display various issues in a simple yet effective way. They expand each country to illustrate their share in a given issue. For example, the map below illustrates each country’s proportion of the world’s child labor. Worldmapper has maps on many, many topics, including poverty, gender empowerment, […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · maps · natural disasters · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · visual prompts · water

Lesson Plan Ideas for the Protests in Iran

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve been pretty busy at work the past couple of weeks, so I’ve got a backlog of things I want to post, but I wanted to quickly share a bunch of resources that I’ve found for teaching about the protests in Iran. As usual, Larry Ferlazzo has pulled together a lot of great links in […]

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Tags: blog · cultural issues · global issues activities · human rights · Iran · peace and war · politics

Violence Against Teachers / Conscientious Objector Activity

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments

I came across this very disturbing story today in a post by Bill Templer on IATEFL’s Global Issues Ning. Yala, Thailand – Suspected Islamic militants shot dead a female Buddhist teacher in Thailand’s troubled south Tuesday in a spiraling uprising against central government authority, police said. The 56-year-old elementary school teacher was shot in a […]

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Tags: blog · Buddhism · global issues activities · peace and war · video

New Internationalist: Global Issues for Learners of English

May 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The New Internationalist has a collection of global issues articles written specifically for learners of English. They have articles on globalization, the environment, human rights and war. They haven’t updated the articles for several years, but the topics are still very relevant. One example that I like is a series of 5 stories told by […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · cultural issues · ESL activity · fair trade · global issues activities · peace and war · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment

Lesson Plans from the International School Studies Association

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The International School Studies Association at the University of Denver has a large collection of links to lesson plans that deal with global issues. They break them down thematically (Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Economics, etc.) and by grade level. There are tons of lessons available here, so there are bound to be some good ones. […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · lesson plans · natural disasters · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · the environment · water

The Darfur Tragedy

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

The Washington Post has a nice interactive look at what is happening in Darfur. In addition to a variety of short readings, there is a 3-minute slideshow with audio commentary. To put things in context, there is also a map and an annotated timeline, along with some information on Sudan as a whole. It might […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · peace and war · visual prompts

Twenty Questions: Social Justice Quiz 2008

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I just came across this social justice quiz. It not only has some thought provoking questions, but also provides references for the answers. It is posted over at truthout.org, a site full of global issues related news articles. Below, I’ve posted some of the questions that I am planning to use with my global issues […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · food and hunger · global issues activities · peace and war · poverty & wealth · the environment

Infographics

July 19th, 2008 · No Comments

The International Network Archive at Princeton has an interesting collection of Infographics. These six “maps” depict statistical information in a variety of striking graphical ways. The one pictured here is on transportation, and I think the ones on weapons and water could also be useful in a global issues ESL class. Personally, I’m a big […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · health · peace and war · the environment · visual prompts · water