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Photos that bear Witness to Modern slavery – CLIL lesson for advanced adult students

25 Aug

ImageDid you know that there are 27 million people in slavery today? That is three times more than the total amount of slaves transported during the entire transatlantic slave trade. Did you know that  between 100,00 and 300,000 American children are sold into sex slavery every year?

Neither did I, until I saw this last week:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_kristine_glimpses_of_modern_day_slavery.html

And after seeing it, I thought I would make it into a lesson for my advanced class. If nothing else, I thought that it would help spread the message.

I designed this topic based lesson.  It’s fairly low-resource (no handouts) and mainly discussion based.

This is a tough lesson with adult topics, some very emotional scenes and images and some pretty advanced language too. In the end, I think they really appreciated the discussion about a serious topic, and the chance to learn about more than just English.

The material is, frankly, fascinating, and leads naturally into a very serious discussion. Artistic students should enjoy the conversation at the beginning about the photos, too. In my class, this lesson took about 1.45 hours as all of the discussions ran on and we got some very interesting language out of all of them (almost 30 words and phrases were on the board by the end of the lesson!).

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