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Why not World Wasp Day?

World Bee Day is May the 20th as anyone who has used the lesson on this will know. And why wouldn’t there be a day for these wonderful honey-producing, fruit tree-pollinating, civilization-supporting yet threatened insects?  But why isn’t there a world wasp day? Is it their fearsome appearance? Is it the way they bully you as you try to enjoy […]

How to Engage Learners in Green Issues from the Lead-In

Imagine you are going to bring an environmental issue into your language class and you have already found the right text to do this. Let’s imagine it’s this video; a BBC introduction to Climate Change and its dangers, and it’s called ‘Our Planet Matters: Climate Change Explained’. This video outlines what Climate Change is, identifies the human activity that drives […]

A Letter from a Pandemic

What could be the connection between the environmental degradation caused by our way of life and an increase in the number of pandemics? If a pandemic wrote a thank you letter to us for being a good host, what would it say and what advice might it give us to avoid something similar in the future? What can we change […]

Goal 15: Life on Land

How can you make your language lessons help learners develop their digital literacy? Is it too much to ask that they also support learners in finding solutions to the global issues that affect them? Find out with this training video and access the lesson materials for your own use. Remix Literacy Remix literacy can be a powerful tool for casting […]

Global Goal 13: Climate Action

How do you combine UN global goal 13 with multimedia literacy development in the ELT classroom? Find out here: Multimedia Literacy and Global Goal 13 Climate Action What do you think? How could you make this global goal relevant to local issues where you live? How important do you think remix literacy is to your learners? What other ways could you […]

Goal 4: Quality Education

How can we raise awareness of Global Goal 4: Quality Education in our classes while supporting the development of ‘information Literacy? Find out here! Information Literacy “The responsibility for after-the-fact checking now falls on users. Our students must learn to ask critical questions about information found online.” Hockly, Dudeney and Pelgrum, Digital Literacies, Pearson, 2013 Education is vital for its […]

Earth Day Language Lesson with Verse

What is Earth Day? Earth Day has taken place every year on 22nd April since 1970. According to earthday.org, the mission is to ‘diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide’. It’s been very successful, mobilising over a billion individuals and over seventy-five thousand partners to take positive action to protect our planet and our future. A perfect occasion for […]

Goal 14: Life Below Water

How can a knowledge of coding, or ‘code literacy’ help us solve global problems? What issues do the oceans face and can ‘code literacy play a role? Find out how to consider these questions in your ELT class. Code Literacy How could you make this global goal relevant to local issues where you live? How important do you think remix […]

Sustainable Food Language Lesson

Why Teach a Sustainable Food Language Lesson? A sustainable food language lesson is probably one of the most imprtant lessons you can teach. This is because everyone loves talking about food. Furthermore, the food we eat has a huge impact on the environment, so making choices in this can have a huge positive impact on the environment. What is more, […]

A Festive Gift From Teachers to Teachers!

Look at this wonderful resource pack created by language teachers on the online course Language Teaching for the Planet. It is a bank of lesson ideas that embed an environment issue into the language classroom that we created as the final task on this course. What do you think of that? The original idea was for each of us to […]