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Useful Links

Here is a list of useful links with a brief description of each one. We will try to keep this as up-to-date as we can. We’ll be updating it regularly. Please let us know if there’s a broken link! You can contact us here. Thank you.

  • – IATEFL Global Issues SIG website
  • – World Wildlife Fund website where you can calculate your carbon footprint
  • A webite and blog run by UK ELT and Chris Etchells which caters to the UK private language schools sector – see the link below for a comprehensive report on  environmental issues for language schools in the UK. 
  • UK ELT & The Environment report a comprehensive report on the impact of the ELT sector in the UK on the environment, covering a very wide range of topics from managing facilities to travel to mental health. It includes a very useful checklist for schools and institutions which could easily be adapted for other contexts outside the UK.
  • – United Nations website with information and teaching resources related to their17 sustainable development goals
  • – Green Education Foundation website – an NGO committed to a sustainable future through education with ideas for green challenges, pledges and other ideas
  • Connecting educators and parents with the tools and resources they need to help kids explore and understand the world around them. Together we can inspire the next generation to build a future where people and nature thrive!
  • – A CNN interactive quiz about the most effective climate change solutions
  • Litterati – an app that helps track litter across the world
  • Stride – an online Global Citizenship magazine for schools with a list of resources and lessons for special environmental days.
  • – a curated collection of resources for teachers of English who wish to introduce authentic contents with the help of ICT in their English classrooms. This free website offers inspiration, lesson plans and authentic teaching materials for the Compulsory School levels (A1-B1) in Sweden. Teachers from other countries are naturally also welcome to use the links and subscribe to As many classes still do not have 1:1 computers, most materials only require one computer and a projector in the classroom.
  • Here’s a link to a Guardian newspaper article about a university ban on beef. It prompted a lot of discussion on the ELT Footprint Facebook page so we thought it would be useful as a springboard for a debate or a ‘for and against’ writing task.
  • This link to a short BBC video with subtitles poses the question ‘Would you eat recycled landfill meat?’ The video has had more than 4 million views and is a good way to raise awareness about attitudes to food waste.
  • An interesting Guardian article about the ‘Greta effect’ – the rise in sales of children’s environmental books due to Greta Thunberg’s activism. It includes links and short descriptions of books for children of all ages.
  • Ecosia is a search engine with a difference. It works in the same way as other popular search engines but uses advertising money to plant trees around the world. At the time of writing Ecosia has planted more than 64 million and the numbers are rising by the second.
  • Here’s a link to one of a growing number of online eco fashion  stores. It includes a blog with interesting posts about issues like ‘greenwashing’ and how to reduce our plastic consumption.
  • This Good News Network article about the launch of a new car with a solar roof charging system offers a lot of food for thought and could be a useful text to use with students as it is rich in ‘eco terminology’.
  • Have you ever considered the carbon paw print of your pet? This article contains some interesting statistics and might be useful for teachers looking for a way to practise ‘big numbers’ through an interesting topic.
  • Here is a link to an interesting article about some supermarkets in Vietnam where they are using banana leaves as packaging instead of plastic. It could serve as a useful springboard for students to come up with their own creative ideas for alternative green packaging.
  • A great collaborative blog post from Oxford TEFL about how we can reduce our climate/carbon/plastic footprints across the ELT profession.
  • The Tap App is a new app that helps you find water refill stations so that you never have to buy bottled water again! Refill is a similar app for the Brighton & Hove (UK) area.
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