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12 December Christmas Dates and Occasions

Can Santa Clause make green the new red?

The festive season is here for many around the world. What is the environmental impact of Christmas? Language learners investigate this in the lesson here and consider ways that they can reduce the environmental damage of Christmas while still enjoying the magic of the season.

Are you going to bring Christmas into your classes, and if so, will you be adding a green twist? Please share your ideas as a comment. You have now idea what a gift every comment is for me and I always reply!

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10 October Global Goals Teacher Development World Cities Day October 31st

October 31st World Cities Day

How could we mark the occasion in our language classes? It seems very relevant as many of us work in cities, teaching students who live in cities and while it is true that the environmental impact of cities is huge, it’s also the case that many solutions to this issue are likely to come from cities.

Why not watch this video in which I give an overview of a lesson based on Global Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, always a good place to start for this topic. Oh, students will also work on their collaborative literacy, a key digital literacy. What more could you need?

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25th June World Wasp Day Animals

Why not World Wasp Day?

World Bee Day is May the 20th as anyone who has used the lesson on this will know. And why wouldn’t there be a day for these wonderful honey-producing, fruit tree-pollinating, civilization-supporting yet threatened insects? 

But why isn’t there a world wasp day? Is it their fearsome appearance? Is it the way they bully you as you try to enjoy a picnic? Is it that many of us don’t know that wasps, just like bees, are vital pollinators, as well as being a natural garden pest control? 

How could you encourage appreciation of wasps in the language class and even debate the idea (mad as it might sound to some) of World Wasp Day with your students without creating the furore usually associated with, well, a wasp flying into the classroom through an open window? This is what I would do.

So, I declare 25th of June World Wasp Day! Just remember, if you ever see this day on the UN calendar of international days, you saw it here first! 

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