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Beyond Doom and Gloom: Including Solutions to Climate Change
I recently attended a webinar by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The webinar introduced some new teaching materials aimed at helping students understand how they could take productive actions related to climate change. I like this approach, as I’ve found in my own teaching that simply teaching about problems can […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:52:37 +0000

Reacting to the Past
I just read this account of an English teachers experience participating in a conference session using Reacting to the Past. Reacting to the Past is an approach to teaching history and critical thinking skills using historical roleplays. From their pedagogical introduction: Reacting games last from four to fourteen class sessions, although most games are in […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:13:58 +0000

Quick Activity About Privilege
This is a great (and quick) activity to highlight how privilege works, and how it can be largely invisible to those who enjoy it. The short version: Students are instructed to ball up a sheet of paper. Next, the teacher puts the recycling bin in the front of the classroom, and tells them that, in […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:32:17 +0000

Black Friday, Consumption, and Buy Nothing Day 2014
As Black Friday approaches, I thought I’d share this collection of activities that Krista presented last year at a BART event. For those looking for still more ideas, here is a post from 2012 on teaching about Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day, and here is one from 2007. Target audience: EAP students, high intermediate […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:42:11 +0000

Sorry? It?s Global Justice Again
This is a guest post written by Linda Ruas from the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki. If you have materials or ideas you’d like to share, please email me. I have often felt I need to apologize in some way for my wiki. Reading about breast-ironing in Cameroon, slavery in Mauritania, the feral rich in […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:08:56 +0000

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki ? Update
I first posted about the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki about a year and a half ago. Since then, they’ve added a lot of great materials to their site. The New Internationalist is a magazine focused on promoting global justice and, through their easier English wiki, they make articles more accessible to English language learners […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:06:47 +0000

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 May 2014 15:24:37 +0000

The #GlobalPOV Project
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 […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:03:29 +0000

TESOL 2014 ? Resources from the LGBTF Forum Roundtable
Here is a list of resources discussed at the LGBTF Forum roundtable at TESOL 2014. Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit Gay Straight Alliance Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Council of Teachers of English National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Peace Learner Safe Schools Coalition Seattle and King County Dept. […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:39:27 +0000

TESOL 2014 ? Part of the Solution: Making Language Programs More Environmentally Sustainable
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 […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:00:11 +0000