GI in easier English
Many of us work with students who are A2/B1 level in reading, or below that. Many learners don't get much beyond that, especially learners in deprived circumstances. Do we need material on GI in simpler English? I think yes. One attempt was by NEW INTERNATIONALIST a decade go, still accessible: http://www.newint.org/easier-english/contents.html Take a look. I've used the texts there on child labor, excellent. I think this kind of project should be revived. VOA Special English http://bit.ly/xXjyWO has a huge volume of texts on many topics in the online archive, a kind of 'EAP Lite,' some related to GI. Of course it is not very critical. Nonetheless, here something recent in Special English on the trafficking of kids from Nepal into child labor, the sex trade: http://bit.ly/yIdg9p Also with audio MP. I think we could also begin producing critical texts on justice and equality issues, other issues local and global, using a form of Ogden/Richards' BASIC ENGLISH 850, which is a core vocab of less than a thousand headwords. Here a classic short piece by Ivor Richards on BASIC, "A World Language": http://ogden.basic-english.org/bec6.html#3 . What do you think, esp. if you teach non-elite learners, maybe reluctant to learn, wherever?