ESL etc.

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 10:52:37 +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 09:13:58 +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 11:32:17 +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 12:42:11 +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 10:08:56 +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 16:06:47 +0000