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B1 C1 media and communication shopping and consuming

Adbusters: Raising Remix Literacy Skills

How do we engage students to learn English while using their ‘remix literacy’ skills? By ‘remix literacy’ we mean the ability to take existing content and make something totally new. Memes are an example of this as people write their own text over a famous picture. Try this lesson and students will:

  •  analyse some remixed images
  • discuss the role of advertising in our lives
  • practice ‘wh’ question forms
  • create their own remixed image

Why the focus on remix literacy? This quote sums up the value clearly:

In opening up space for remix in our classrooms, we give students the opportunity to speak out about both major and minor issues that matter to them. The bigger issues might be social, political or environmental (with the last of these representing a relatively safe option in contexts where student social or political activism is risky or unwelcome). Because it entails a reconceptualisation and reworking of its constituent materials, remix presupposes a critical approach. But unlike the more traditional ‘media literacy’ on which it builds, remix goes beyond critique by shifting the emphasis from consumption to production, thereby giving students agency and allowing them to propose their own alternative, sometimes even multiple, viewpoints.

Dudeney, G., Hockly, N. and Pegrum, M. (2013) Digital Literacies. Routledge. pp 11-14

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B1 C1 Climate Change climate change reduce, reuse, recycle: cutting down waste Solutions

What is the Paris Agreement? Turning Aspirations into Actions

What do you know about Paris? And what do you and your students know about the Paris agreement? Find out with this fun lesson, in which students B1 upwards will:

  • Compare what they know on these topics
  • Watch a video to find out about the Paris agreement
  • improve their ‘multimedia literacy’ focusing on combinations of image, video, voice, music and text
  • Discuss what can be done to stop climate change
  • Make a presentation on ‘turning aspiration into action’

Click below for the lesson. The teacher’s notes are included!

 

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02 February adults B1 C1 Social life solutions transport Winter Cycling Day

February 14th: Winter Bike to School and Work Day

Is it a cold February with you? Perhaps you are thinking about Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in a hot country where it is warm and sunny. Did you know that February 14th is Winter Bike to Work Day? Perhaps you still walk or cycle to school or work, or maybe you opt for a car or the bus. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, then hopefully your bicycle is ready to go! In recognition of everyone who keeps cycling or walking to work or school this winter, why not teach this lesson based around a video from Sustrans, a UK organisation that promotes non-motorised eco-friendly transport?

In this lesson learners will:

  • Discuss how they travel and the benefits of certain kinds of transport
  • watch a video and do comprehension tasks
  • explore collocations from the video
  • do a roleplay based on a situation related to the video.

Level: B1 upwards

Materials: a projector and these slides. You can download them before class if connection is an issue.

Just click on the slides below at the bottom right and follow the steps.

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