Tag Archives: De Viaje

los medios de transporte-una actividad para nivel 1 ó 2

It’s easy to add a sustainability angle to an introduction or review of vocabulary for medios de transporte. First, I give students this handout with drawings of  el monopatín, el coche, el metro, el tren, el autobús, a caballo, la motocicleta, la bicicleta, … Continue reading

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más sobre los árboles: la diversidad, la historia, la literatura…

In the sixteenth century when the Jesuits, for better or worse, carved out their missions deep in the forests of South America, they came across a tree they named quebracho–“quiebra hacha” or “axe breaker”–for the surprising heaviness and hardness of the … Continue reading

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Canastitas en Serie: un cuento corto

The enigmatic B Traven‘s short story Canastitas en Serie offers intriguing possibilities to explore a range of sustainability themes: sustainable economics, an individual’s and a culture’s relationship with the environment, quality of life, tolerance and diversity, the impact of place on culture, … Continue reading

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Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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Microquito: Stories about a city

What is funny, sad, unique, horrible, weird, beautiful, outrageous, boring or inspiring about where you live? How do places shape our sense of self and community? How does where we live impact us and how do we impact where we live? … Continue reading

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el Mapa Verde-creating livable cities

For the first time in history most people on the planet live in urban settings.   There are few places left in the world more than a day’s travel from a city.  The growth of cities, both in population and … Continue reading

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VeoVerde: website review & activities

VeoVerde-el futuro es verde is full of articles, videos, maps, photographs on a variety of topics that could easily be mined for sustainability connections to curricular themes.  Below are just a few examples of what you can find. flora y … Continue reading

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Imaginary trips: Be a responsible traveler

Many Spanish language programs at some point, at some level, assign students the task of taking an imaginary trip to a Spanish-speaking country.  It can be a great way to integrate language and culture.  On the other hand, sometimes these … Continue reading

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Getting around in the city

Las Franjas Blancas para peatones are a series of brief (some are 30 seconds) videos depiciting scenes from Lima, Perú in support of creating a more pedestrian friendly city.  The videos are captioned in Spanish and can be stopped to … Continue reading

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Peatónman: pedestrian rights

Peatónman is the creation of the Asociación de Peatones de Quito.  This new superhéroe seeks to make streets safe and cities walkable for its citizens. This video shows a “live” Peatónman in action.  He stops cars from parking on the sidewalks … Continue reading

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