PARSNIPS workshop (23/08/13)

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On Friday 23rd of August we discussed the so called Parsnips, the forbidden subjects in ELT coursebooks. Parsnip stands for:

Politics

Alcohol

Religion

Sex

Narcotics

Isms

Pork

In the workshop I used an example of an activity that was rejected by a publisher. Read more about that experience: Taboo or not taboo: it’s all in the questions.

Adam tried to show us this video from the Wire:

And here’s the kinetic type version:

I wrote up my ‘pork’ activity on my blog:

http://www.theteacherjames.com/2013/09/p-is-for-bacon.html

For further reading on the subject, check the following blog posts:

http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log/2011/01/the-parsnips-coursebook-1.html

https://hughdellar.wordpress.com/tag/parsnips/

http://stevebrown70.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/equality-diversity-prejudices-and-parsnips/

http://www.eltnews.com/columns/thinktank/2005/04/should_a_teacher_bring_his_or.html

http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/35142744/Addressing-taboo-subjects-in-the-ELT-classroom

http://takeaphotoand.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/320/

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2006/jan/20/tefl4

http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/t-is-for-taboo/

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/06/parsnips-in-classroom-part-one-politics.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/06/parsnips-part-two-alcohol.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/06/normal-0-false-false-false-en-gb-x-none.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/06/diary-of-film-project-part-four.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/07/parsnips-part-five-narcotics.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/07/parsnips-part-four-sex.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/07/parsnips-part-six-isms.html

http://esolinshetland.blogspot.com/2012/07/pork-and-final-parsnip.html

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/p-is-for-politics/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-is-for-alcohol/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/r-is-for-religion/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/s-is-for-s-s-sorry-i-cant-say-it-but-you-know/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/n-is-for-nar-pills/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/i-is-for-isms/

http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/p-is-for-pork/

Photo taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @sandymillin, used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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