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Archive for January, 2012

Holstee Manifesto

The Holstee Manifesto was put together in summer 2009 by Mike, Fabian and Dave, the founders of fashion company Holstee, to embody what they wanted from life, and what they believed their designs should incorporate.

Holstee Manifesto

The original poster was also accompanied by this video:

There is already an excellent lesson plan at film-english, but I thought I might throw it out there and see what you guys can do with it too 🙂

What would you do with this manifesto in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Debatepedia

Debatepedia is an encyclopedia of debate topics covering everything you can possibly imagine. Here is a screenshot of the umbrella categories they divide the topics into:

Debatepedia screenshotThe whole site was created by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) to collect pro and con arguments for debated topics in one place, thereby making it easier to promote debate supported by evidence. It is built along the lines of Wikipedia, so it is constantly evolving. As far as possible, each pro/con argument is also backed up by evidence from other websites. For example, here is a link to the debate on teacher-student friendships on facebook.

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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‘Where we going to go’ by David Todd

I discovered this song last week while I was looking for music related to climate change. I think it could promote a lot of discussion in class.

Here is a link with the lyrics to the song. I have also reproduced them at the bottom of the post.

What would you do with this song in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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WHERE WE GOING TO GO
music and words David Todd copyright D.E.Todd 2009

verse
They came in the night and they came in the day

They came until they took it all away

And all they left was a barren ground

Where no life can be found

They didn’t give a reason and they didn’t say why
Millions of trees had to die
In the name of progress is all they’d say

Step aside and get out of our way

chorus
What I want to know is where we gonna go

When the rain don’t make our garden grow

And the soil’s too dry for the seeds to sow

How long till we learn

You play with fire and be sure to burn

A one way ticket with no return

Cause where we gonna go

Well I don’t know

verse
They tell us technology is a wonderful thing
Not to mention the destruction it brings
One step forward and two steps back
Go from the light and into the black
They feed us with lies and treat us like fools
But don’t stop to realise its a game we all lose
On a road to self destruction with every step we take
Like a ship sinking fast and no escape

chorus
What I want to know is where we going to go
When the suns threat to all below
And our pollution stops our rivers flow
Its time you and me take responsibility
Its a fragile world in dire need
Cause where we gonna go
Well I don’t know

bridge
Spending money to find life on Mars

It doesn’t make any sense to me

Like trying to live at the bottom of the ocean

Some things are not meant to be.

chorus
What I want to know
Is where we going to go
When the ocean rise and the strong winds blow
And the temperature melts the ice and snow
Not time to wait
It wont be long and it will be too late
In this together and we are all at stake
Cause where we gonna go
Well I don’t know

Man on a roof

This week’s prompt has kindly been provided by Janet Bianchini: a photo she took in Oxford.

Guess the story

What would you do with this picture in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you’ve had a restful Christmas and New Year.

It seems appropriate to start the year with a site about New Year and January traditions. Woodlands Junior School in Kent, UK have a wealth of information about British culture, traditions and history. It is aimed at primary school pupils in the UK, but can be easily adapted for the EFL classroom.

January customs

You can click on the screenshot above to go to the site and read the rest of the information.

What would you do with this information in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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