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What's Reverse Logistics?

  •  students read a text about what Reverse Logistics involve.
  • students read some questions about reverse logistics and watch a short video on the topic
  • students write their own definition of logistics  
 Download the materials from this link: Download questions,  video and transcrip from my site

Materials created by Joan Minguell and Maria Zabala Peña

If you cannot see the video below because of need of plug ins, you may download it (see above) or access the  link to the YOUTUBE page: HERE



What is logistics? What does it involve?

Procedure: This video provides an overview of what Logistics is. You may want to activate students previous knowledge of logistics by brainstorming how much they know about logistics and watching this video afterwards.

You may ask students to either:
  • summarize the content of the video (higher level students)
  • write sentences regarding the content 

Thanks to my colleague, Joan Minguell,  for providing me with this link

Tips to remember for a successful job interview (1)

Tips to remember for a successful job interview
  • Whole class or groups  of students brainstorm what is important for a job interview
  • Compare student's answers with infographics below. Go over difficult vocabulary. (See possible list below)  
  • Students prepare their answers to the the 4 questions more likely to be asked.  Each team should be given a company or choose one so that they can answer question 3.
 (source of definitions wikepedia/urban dictionary - adapted) 

To fidget: to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently
To winge something (slang) to improvise with little preparation
To lack: not to have
34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview #infographic

Color blind people feelings

Level:  Intermediate and upper 
Idea and Materials: Gerard McLoughlin at the 2016  Barcelona  British Council Workshop
  1. Ask students to take the test (video  in A )
  2. Ask students to write how different color blind people  may feel  
  3. Show students the  Valspar Glasses videos for blind people   (video  in C )
  4. Ask students to match the sentence and speaker: Keith Andrew Atlee  Chris
  5. Start discussion by using prompt questions in section E 
 A)  Test: Are you color blind?   (Length. 1 min.33 ss)


B) Imagine: How may these  color blind people feel? 
1 a  young father  and looking at  his kid’s paintings
2 a  young  girl  shopping with friends
3 a  young man and his own feelings
C) Valspar glasses for blind color people   (Length. 3 min.52 ss)

Depending on the level of the students you may read the sentences  below (D)before watching the video.

D) Ask students:

Keith                   Andrew                         Atlee              Chris
I  stopped painting and  drawing

I  felt self – conscious about it

I  wish I  could see how  they put the colors together

This is amazing

I’ve never been able  to see this one

Is this what you guys see every day 

I  don’t want to take them off. People take it for granted   

E) Food for thought

  • Have you ever  stopped doing things because of what other people may say?
  • Were you aware of the problems color blind  people endure?  Can you name some of their problems?
  • Can you think of other people who may face other or similar problems? Who? How?

Want to help? Shut up and listen

Ted Talk about the Roles of NGOs
Level: intermediate
Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70's — and quickly realised how ineffective it was.

Why you should listen

Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international non-profit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community. The Institute is now training communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.
In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people. The striking results of "The Esperance Experience" have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance.

Pre watching  questions 

1.What do you think the title of the talk means?
2. Do you think growing tomatoes in Zambia could be a good idea?
3. Do you know the meaning of the words "paternalism" and "patronizing"?
4. Do you think planning is important?
5. Decide what New York will be like in 100 years time
6. What do you think these companies have in common?

Carnegie, Westinghouse, Edison, Ford, all the new companies, Google, Yahoo.

7. Who is Richard Bradson?  

Listen to the video and compare your answers