Fair trade resources – orange juice, jeans and trainers!

In a previous post I mentioned that UK charities often have excellent resources which can be used to promote the global dimension through languages. The Oxfam site Magasins du monde based in Belgium has this great video about the production of fairtrade orange juice, which could be used to explore lifestyles, make comparisons and develop an awareness of global issues:

The same site has other useful resources which could be used as part of a cross curricular project using the global dimension to link languages with subjects such as geography and citizenship. This dossier Le parcours d’un jean addresses issues such as the production of cotton and raises awareness of working conditions in those parts of the world where fashion goods are produced.

The Jeu de la basket involves working out some numbers from some clues in French and then discussing how these figures relate to the production, promotion and sale of trainers. The clues might need to be altered slightly, depending on the ability of the class but the activity is one that could be adapted to other contexts.

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