Category Archives: Activism

free ebook: Stories from My Teacher

Our first ebook, in case you are into stories told by teachers in class! 🙂 ❤ Stories from My Teacher. On the English Language, Lifelong Learning & Our r.evoL.ution! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ebooks.htm

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African proverb…

I’m not much of a proverb person, but I do love this one… ❤

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El tren de la libertad. Yo decido. English subtitles (struggle for women’s rights in Spain)

This was one of the actions women organized to fight for respect. Here is an article which mentions it, along with other recent actions: http://www.wri-irg.org/es/node/23047

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Vegetarian kids explain…

He speaks Portuguese, but the subtitles are in English. Really moving.

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Amnesty International collecting signatures to protect women’s rights to decide whether they wish to become mothers or not

España: La salud y la vida de las mujeres en peligro El Anteproyecto de ley del aborto vulnera los derechos humanos y debe ser retirado https://www.es.amnesty.org/actua/acciones/espana-aborto-may14/?pk_kwd=fbk&pk_campaign=comp And if you wish to find out more about our Herstory of struggle for … Continue reading

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Interviewing a pacifist, by another pacifist

To my very missed friend, Hoowee, who I miss so much (It’s funny how when we are happy we remember the people we lost and miss) NB “funny” here means “strange”

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Mary Wollstonecraft

A radio program/programme on her ❤ The first picture Opie painted of her, Mary Wollstonecraft in 1790–1, byJohn Opie

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Absentismo, evaluación y estadísticas (edited)

Quisiera ayudar a concienciar sobre el impacto del absentismo en la enseñanza pública no obligatoria de idiomas, ofreciendo los datos de mis grupos en el curso 2013-14 respecto a personas que se han presentado a las Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación … Continue reading

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News from Hilal – a new center on nonviolence, from a feminist intelligence!

My sister-activist Hilal has sent out the following email, announcing she’s managed to make her dream real. Go for it, Hilal! Hopefully, this summer 2014 I’ll be preparing the video interview Mujer Palabra did to you in Madrid last 2013 … Continue reading

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Y5’s – Change of plans!

As you remember, at the beginning of the course I announced we would be working with three documentaries but we only managed one, the one about how our senses deceive us, and now we were going to do the second, and … Continue reading

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FAQ – Where I get my Tees

I get my Literature T-shirts here (USA): http://outofprintclothing.com/shop/clothing/ And I get my Amnesty International (also feminist) Tees here (Spain): https://tienda.es.amnesty.org The rest come from international pacifist meetings I attended throughout my life. (I tend to think clothes should last FOREVER! 😀 😀 … Continue reading

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What happened when she started a feminist society at school

http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2013/jun/20/why-i-started-a-feminist-society

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Vote to stop the rise of the extreme right. An appeal in Europe

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For CAL students! Zokorro! :D

Dear students, I’ve been gathering the General Useful Classroom Language everybody sent in, but my eyes are sore after 10 pages and I’m not sure it’s ready for publication and recording, so here’s what. If you find some time, can … Continue reading

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A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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European Elections (2): Plans & Voting

In case you wish to have a look at their Plan (programa político), and you can also print the ballot supposing you wanted to vote for them, here is the site of Iniciativa Feminista: http://www.iniciativafeminista.es/iniciativa/, the party I plan to … Continue reading

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CO Day – May 15

http://www.wri-irg.org/15May2014

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Beautiful teaching/learning idea!

My dearest sister Carol sends me this video you might all enjoy! ❤ Can you understand it all? Let me know! Over here, there were two teachers who took part in a similar experience, but face-to-face. The project ended last … Continue reading

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Why should we always vote? (European Elections 2014)

Because the people who always vote in Industrial Societies belong or support political parties that do not respect everybody’s human rights. And when the other people don’t vote, their representation and influence in Parliaments rise, which explains the rise of … Continue reading

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Y5 – Writings: Essays (LoM 1)

Thanks for your work. Although I’ve continued checking it at the C1 level, I can notice great improvement. Hopefully, you’ll do a wonderful job in June! 🙂 ❤ List of Mistakes 1  As you know, the most important thing this … Continue reading

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On Speciesism

Earthlings – watch this documentary! (1hour 30 min) Watch at least the first 7 minutes (the intro). You could use that for a re-telling or a monologue! If it stops and you hear a kind of Error beep, just try … Continue reading

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Listening to the news: Child soldiers

African English. After listening a few times, read the transcript and see how well you did! UNICEF: 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central Africa Republic

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Language & Violence (edited)

When we think of violence we think of a very specific kind of violence, that [this is not a relative pron.] of murder and torture, of physically hurting people. Traditionally, this violence could only be exerted by men, only them … Continue reading

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How many women writers have you read? /red/

Feminist World Book Day – because it makes sense! ❤ I’m inviting you to post the names of the women writers you have read, and if those are far too many, your favorites/favourites! I’m also inviting you all to make … Continue reading

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About cleaning – Un poquito de por favor!!

I would like to recommend an article I used in class with Advanced students some years, ” So You Wanna Clean Your Apartment? (2 pages) Check out Speaking for housing issues” For a few decades I shared an apartment/flat with … Continue reading

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Celebrating Book Day

Dear all, next Wednesday, April 25 (International Book Day) and Thursday April 26, I’ll be raffling a few books, to celebrate World Book Day! I created the video My Bedside Table This Winter so that you all can watch it. … Continue reading

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Our Crazy Summer – Creating a Ten Point Plan

Classroom activities after reading the novel. 5A is opening this way! ❤ TenPoints (3 Word pages, but I’ll print 1 & 2 in one page to give out as a handout) – for Quinto A today.

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The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

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Published! But in Spanish…

Anyway, people coming to class will understand this article well, esp. Y5B!!! 😀 Mejorar la comunicación humana a través del aprendizaje de idiomas (parte 1 de 2) – Improving human communication through language learning http://www.mujerpalabra.net/pensamiento/educacion/2014mejorarcomunicacion.htm

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My Bedside Table This Winter

I hope it inspires you to practice speaking at home! — and prepare presentations for class! (mybedsidetablethiswinter)

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April 8 – International Roma Day

With love, keep safe! Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to invite some roma friends to class, when we speak about oppressed peoples in this planet… Let’s fight our prejudices. Who is exerting violence against whom? http://www.mujerpalabra.net/activismo/pacifismo/poblaciones/pueblogitano.htm

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Feminist intelligence vs Lords of Darkness!

 http://www.wri-irg.org/node/23047

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Effymine has died…

She was 25. A trans artivist, who I got in touch with when she sent some info on her performance on menstruation to Mujer Palabra, telling us she had set up this show because someone had told her that if … Continue reading

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Join WRI in Cape Town (July)

http://www.wri-irg.org/node/22776

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Two more!

Changing Roles, by Alicia HG (Y5A, 2013-14) Sports & Health in Teenagers, by Sergio S (Y5CAL, 2013-14) http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/yourstuff/texts/articles/articles.htm

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International Pacifist Conference in South Africa this summer!

http://www.wri-irg.org/SARegistrationOpen http://wri-irg.org/seminars/registrations/southafrica2014

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About Columbus & other war mongers…

Today in Y3C Germán asked about the so-called Discovery of America (as it was called in our textbook), or the conquest, or the colonization (funny [= strange] we think of Invasions when that happens to us), and I replied that … Continue reading

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Occupy it all, or we’ll be left out/locked out, as usual

Posted on Occupy London (Fb) * Cats as rolemodels for being independent thinkers!

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Gender Issues and Education in Spain

If you want to learn to speak about this issue, under the Francoist dictatorship and how it evolved till today, read these 12 pages by two Spanish teachers who wrote their paper in English. It focuses on PE, but you … Continue reading

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Marchas por la dignidad / Marches for dignity (Spain, today)

Si informan un poco menos y un poco peor, no habría quedado muy diferente… Sat March 23. Marching for dignity, from all over Spain to Madrid, the capital of the Kingdom of Spain as it is called in encyclopedias.

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