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soluciones

The blog 3.500 millones, sponsored by Madrid’s print and on-line newspaper El País, focuses on solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as la pobreza, la contaminación, el sobreconsumo y la indiferencia.  In their own words “3500 millones es la mitad de la población … Continue reading

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Vamos a la playa

Vamos a la playa, a mí me gusta……¿bailar?  ¿nadar?  ¿tomar el sol?  ¿LIMPIAR?  My students love to talk about (and sing about) the beach.  But no one likes to see the trash that washes up on shore.  This September 2012 … Continue reading

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La Conquista de las Américas

It is difficult to avoid the implicit (and at times explicit) racism in most re-tellings of the conquest of the Americas:  “The defeat of the Aztec and Incan civilizations by small bands of Spanish conquistadores must reflect the superiority of … Continue reading

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Ágata y las Olimpiadas: Contaminación del aire y los derechos de niños y niñas

The Olympic Games in London this summer surely will leave us with new heroes and heroines and inspiring stories to tell.  Here’s another perspective on the hopes and dreams of young athletes.  La red por los derechos de la infancia … Continue reading

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Un Anuncio Incómodo de España

Below are some video spots on climate change.  I’ve used the first spot from Spain, “Cambiemos el mundo sin cambiar el planeta,” as a listening exercise, discussion starter and grammar practice (present perfect -indicative and subjunctive) using this handout: un anuncio … Continue reading

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Del huerto urbano a la sala de clase

The global trend towards urbanization has been well-documented:  small cities are becoming big cities and some big cities are becoming mega-cities.  Not only does this pose challenges for providing these populations with fresh fruits and vegetables, consider that (according to … Continue reading

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Manualidades y Reciclaje: Make something awesome with your class!

If you’ve seen the movie Bag it you may remember these statistics: *In 2008 it’s estimated that 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of around the world. *In 2009 102 BILLION plastic bags were used in the … 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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“Quiero dormir:” Noise pollution & conflict resolution

A colleague shared the following video with me a couple years ago and I used it for the first time this year to set up skits students created to practice conflict resolution. This music video spot from Spain depicts a … Continue reading

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“Una Carta a Dios”-reading literature through a sustainability lens

Una Carta a Dios, a short story by Gregorio López y Fuentes, appears on many intermediate and advanced Spanish reading lists.  Below are a few ideas for integrating sustainability themes into the analysis of the story.  (Scroll to the end … Continue reading

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