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It’s World Wildlife Day!


The theme for 2016 is “The future of wildlife is in our hands” with a global focus on the conservation of African and Asian elephants

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime produced a short film entitled “Serious About Wildlife Crime” to mark the day. It contains some very useful collocations and language and can be used as a different way of introducing the topic.

Of course, if you’re looking for more in-depth information, you could go to the WWF’s Stop wildlife crime website.



iDiots – a short film

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After a talk I gave in Frankfurt, Judith Bergman sent me a link to this short video, “iDiots“. It’s a wonderful spoof on our 21st century obsession with always needing the “latest” technology. And of course, with technology companies that are willing to provide it. The four-minute video provides an excellent starting point for a discussion on our “throwaway society” that is driven by consumerism.

You could also combine it with the following infographic about e-waste in the US, which contains a wealth of information about different aspects of e-waste and recycling in the US. The students could be encouraged to find out more about e-waste in Germany (a good starting point would be here at the Umweltbundesamt).


Immigration to the UK

Seeking refuge

When I spoke in Hamburg at a modern language conference the other day, I was asked afterwards whether I knew of any short films to do with immigration to the UK. After a little research, I found these two that I thought I’d share.

Juliane by Mosaic films is part of a series of animated shorts called Seeking Refuge that offers insights into the lives of five young refugees who have sought asylum in the UK. They were screened as part of Refugee Week by BBC2 in 2012. In this film Juliane tells of growing up in an orphanage in Zimbabwe, how she was reunited with her mother, and how they were eventually resettled in Britain.

The second On Migration is a short historical documentary by Asheq Akhtar. Accounts by his parents provide an insight into how a migrant from Bangladesh experiences the UK and how those experiences affect their personal relationships as well as the world around them.

I hope they prove useful.