This is my first proper video post (although I did record some voice-overs for this post) and it was brought about by an article I read this morning.
Regardless of your political views, there seems to be no better topic for a conversation lesson this week than what is happening in Brazil.
Much like the first time I posted about this topic, It’s important to consider the group you are going to use this with. If students are confrontational or if they don’t have the best relationships to begin with, this may end not being a very successful lesson.
On the other hand, this is a great opportunity to foster critical thinking (as discussed here) in students of all ages.
Last year I posted a lesson about the use of technology that generated positive comments from my students. Because of that, I have continued to keep my eyes open for new texts and videos about this topic.
An unlikely source of good texts is LinkedIn, particularly if your students are business minded. They touch on topics such as health, career and technology from a perspective that adult students are generally interested in. You can find these kinds of texts here.
Anyway, going back to technology, I thought it was time to revisit the topic and finally found a good combination of video and text to do so.
This past week my dear friend Natália Guerreiro drew my attention to a blogpost by Elaine Hodgson on critical thinking in the EFL classroom. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d encourage you to do so.
Critical thinking and taboo topics are things I often think about. They were the inspiration for my first ever lesson on the blog (about drugs, in June of last year). I’m hoping this week’s lesson will be no different, as I usually try to choose topics that may lead to interesting discussions and, hopefully, some critical thinking.