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Episode 6 of the ELTtime podcast from Garnet Education

How to incorporate global issues into your ELT class

In the sixth episode of ELTtime Jaz Damen chats with Julietta Schoenmann about how best to incorporate the wide topic of global issues into your lessons. How do you talk about the climate crisis without frightening young learners? How can you include the UN sustainable development goals in your lesson plans? Should any topics be avoided?

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This episode features:

Julietta Schoenmann

Julietta Schoenmann has worked as a teacher, trainer, materials developer and e-moderator in over thirty countries. Upon completing her Master’s in Education, she worked for two years in Bangladesh as Regional Training Advisor on a DfID-funded education project, and has since undertaken a number of other education projects across Africa and Asia. Her main areas of expertise are concerned with supporting teacher and trainer development in transitional and post-conflict educational contexts.

Jaz Damen

At the time of recording Jaz was Garnet’s Digital Editor – this involves overseeing the digitisation of our books. It’s a varied role which requires a keen eye for detail and a dash of creativity! She particularly enjoys seeing a project through, from start to finish. When not at work, she can be found reading and making videos about books at @travelsinfiction.

0:19 – Intro
1:46 – Defining what we mean by ‘global issues’
2:28 – Connecting global issues to ELT
4:18 – Modern student experience
5:26 – Empathy and understanding
6:44 – Taking action
7:56 – Global citizenship, not political
9:13 – UN sustainable development goals
10:55 – UN student resources
11:28 – Should any topics be avoided in the classroom?
13:26 – Being realistic about how serious the topics can be
14:56 – Allowing students to express a preference on topics
15:46 – Teaching the climate crisis
17:02 – Using Greta Thunberg and Malala in the classroom
18:25 – Listening to students
19:28 – Activity of ‘personifying’ climate change
21:51 – Outro


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