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December 08, 2009

What's Going On In The World?

In some of my English classes, I don't use a textbook. I use articles and events from newspapers and magazines. My general theme is current events. I find that students...

...like to know what is going on in the world - especially when those events involve people from around the world.

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (especially thanks to internet links and coverage) is a perfect forum for discussing issues (like climate change) political processes (like how nation-states of different sizes and needs make their preferences known) and how individuals and non-governmental groups (like NGOs) participate and present their positions.

For information direct from the conference, click here http://en.cop15.dk/.

For the United Nations view, check here http://unfccc.int/2860.php.

To follow climate change on Google Earth, take a look here http://www.google.com/landing/cop15/.

For some practical actions for students or friends, take a look at http://tcktcktck.org/.

For a lively Facebook forum, don't miss http://www.facebook.com/TheClimatePool.

For a history of temperature changes, take a look at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6758757/Copenhagen-climate-summit-past-decade-warmest-on-record-says-Met-Office.html.

If nothing else, a conference like this will inspire a rousing dialog and perhaps get students to work together on a variety of fun and productive projects. After all, what's more fun that getting to know new friends while working on a shared adventure?

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at December 8, 2009 09:20 PM

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