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A Global Issue in the classroom: Migration

When it comes to global issues – and in the Global Issues SIG it really does – the topic of migration cannot be left unaddressed, especially in the light of what is currently happening in the world. But should we bring this controversial topic to the ELT classroom? Can we? Judging by the level of […]

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This very short clip raises awareness of bullying in schools and shows an interesting way of taking a stand against it.

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The Great Dictator

This clip is of Charlie Chaplin’s concluding speech to his 1940 film, The Great Dictator (which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in). The speech is a passionate defence of liberty against tyranny.

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The Social Experiment

This short documentary is about an experiment conducted in the state of Washington in 2010, examining whether high school students are able to give up their virtual identities for a period of a week.

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Do the math

The clip shows a trailer for the movie ‘Do the Math’. The movie raises awareness about the seriousness of global warming urging everyone to ‘connect the dots’ and to think about what we are doing to our climate.

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Junk Thought

The clip is about the dangers of advertising. It draws a parallel between ‘junk food’ that can make us obese, and ‘junk thoughts’ which can have an effect on us at a subconscious level and can be harmful for our mind.

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What the internet is doing to our brains

The clip highlights some of the potential dangers of the internet by getting us to think about the difference between information and knowledge. It provides food for thought and can be a good starting point for a follow-up debate or discussion.

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Looking under the streetlight

Wayne Dyer tells a story to illustrate that personal development often involves an inner struggle that can bring about a change in the way we perceive the world. The language used makes the clip suitable for lower level learners: the important words are articulated clearly and repeated several times.

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Five Women

The 8th of April is International Romani Day – a day to celebrate the Romani culture and to raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people. In this clip five women share stories about their past, their struggles, their successes and how they see their own identity.

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Mystery (Wo)man

This clip encourages your learners to read attentively and think creatively before they watch. It’s a good idea to put yourself in the shoes of your learners, and do the first pre-viewing task before you watch! :)

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