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Using controversy as a teaching tool: An interview with Diana Hess  - Teaching students how to engage in civil discussions about important issues is even more essential in an environment as polarized and politicized as America is today. By Joan Richardson Kappan: You started your career as a high school social studies teacher in Downers Grove, Ill., which is in suburban Chicago. That was 1979. I wonder, what were your earliest experiences in teaching about controversial topics in that first high school classroom? 12 Fun Speaking Games for Language Learners When working with world language classes or English language learners, have you ever asked a question only to be answered with complete silence and blank stares? It’s a common issue—nearly every teacher has struggled with encouraging students to speak in a language they’re still learning. A student may have a deep fear of making a mistake, or may be just plain shy, even in their native language. Whatever the reason, here is a list of a few fun activities to get your students to speak. This list is for more advanced students. 12 Ways to Get Language Learners Talking

Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversation On Difficult Issues In December, we wrote about the nearly 3,000 comments we received on the issues of immigration, guns, climate and energy, and race, gender and identity, as well as on many other topics suggested by students themselves in our open forum. Take a look at our Ideas for Productive Discussion: Reflections on Our Civil Conversation Challenge to read our observations about the best of those conversations and what made them work, along with unedited student examples for each. 1. Brexit: EU sees 'positive elements' in UK's Chequers plan Image copyright AFP/Getty The EU has cast doubt on claims its chief negotiator described the government's Brexit plan as "dead in the water". Labour MP Stephen Kinnock attributed the remarks - which he said were in French - to Michel Barnier after a meeting in Brussels.

Excite Your Audience With Anticipation During an interview with poet Carl Sandburg, a reporter asked, "In your opinion, what's the ugliest word in the English language?" The poet frowned. "The ugliest word in the English language?" he repeated, furrowing his brow and staring in the distance. "Ugliest?" Infographics How do people get health care in US? Group plan? Medicare? ACA Marketplace? CHIP? SGAP reviews health insurance options for Americans in this infographic! USMCA, Trump’s new NAFTA deal, explained in 500 words The US, Canada, and Mexico signed a trade deal to replace NAFTA in November at the G20 summit in Argentina. It’s known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. President Donald Trump, during his 2019 State of the Union address, encouraged Congress to approve the USMCA and replace “the catastrophe known as NAFTA” and “deliver for American workers like they have not had delivered to for a long time.” But the USMCA is essentially NAFTA 2.0, with a few updates.

Krieger - Teaching Debate to ESL Students: A Six-Class Unit The Internet TESL Journal Daniel Kriegershinyfruit [at] yahoo.comSiebold University of Nagasaki (Nagasaki, Japan) Introduction Debate is an excellent activity for language learning because it engages students in a variety of cognitive and linguistic ways. The purpose of this paper is to elaborate upon this point by providing a step-by-step guide that will give teachers everything they need to know for conducting debate in an English class. Blog - AP US Government and Politics Journal Reviews connect student learning to actual real world events. I give students a journal review every week and let them comb the news for connections to our class content. It's hard work at first, but once they get the hang of it their learning becomes powerfully authentic and their media literacy shoots through the roof.

UK Parliament declares climate change emergency Image copyright Reuters MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency. This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was "a huge step forward". 12 TOEFL Speaking Topics for Realistic Practice The TOEFL Speaking section can be intimidating: You have to record yourself talking for an exam? What kinds of TOEFL Speaking questions will you be asked? How many questions are there? What will you need to talk about? How long will you need to speak? In this guide, we answer all those questions and more so you’ll know exactly what to expect from this challenging section and how to do well on it.