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Goal 15: Life on land

How can you make your language lessons help learners develop their digital literacy? Is it too much to ask that they also support learners in finding solutions to the global issues that affect them? Find out with this training video and access the lesson materials for your own use.

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Remix Literacy

Remix literacy can be a powerful tool for casting a new light on things, and it definitely merits a place in the ELT classroom, and beautifully complements a focus on serious global issues. Goal 15: Life on Land, is a highly accessible goal for people as we are all aware of the need to protect and restore the terrestrial environment around us.

Find out how to bring these into your class with this video:

Interested in using this in class? Then take a look at the lesson slides behind the video:

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September 20th Climate Action. A Multimedia Website.

On September 20th climate strikes take place across the world. Why not address the issue in your class? Find out more in this lesson for B2 and above. Learners will:

  • look at how multimedia elements (film, image, text, and sound) combine to create a strong message.
  • investigate how a website for an environmental action group uses multimedia to create a strong message
  • discuss a cause they think is important and make a website idea on paper to promote it.

Learn more about the background to this lesson by watching the video on how to use it on my teacher development website.

The worksheet required is here for printing out and the slides are below:

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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

Click here for the lesson.