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March 06, 2012

Socially Responsible ELT

Like everyone else, I'm excited to find things I like on sale. I like it even better when the money I spend on things I want goes to charities I also support. Here are two groups that are offering products that teachers will want, at prices they can afford, and sharing the profits with charities that teachers will be happy supporting.

It's hard to believe that the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown was nearly a year ago. When I was in Tohoku last summer, I was amazed at how much had already been accomplished, AND how much still needs to be done. ELT for Tohoku is a group of ELT publishers and booksellers (including our own who have so far donated 17,400 books worth more than 36 million yen. Teachers pay 50% of the list price (or more, if moved to do so) and 100% of the amount paid goes to charities that support children who were orphaned by the March disasters. Specifically, the proceeds go to Living Dreams and Ashinaga. There are still books available, so please take a look and see if you can find something you want at a great price, and help two wonderful charities at the same time.

Brad Patterson is an online friend and blogger who is also part of Edulang, the folks who brought us the free SnaPanda dictionary app. Edulang recently decided to offer their other ELT applications for a pay-what-you-want price. Teachers or students can purchase a one-year license for as little as a dollar to gain access to programs to help practice for the TOEIC or TOEFL tests, or to study English with self-access podcasts. Of course, teachers can choose to pay more, because 50% of the amount goes to Room to Read, an organization that promotes literacy and gender equality in education around the world.

Two places you can purchase something you might already want, and know that your money is doing some good.

Do you know of others? Please share in the comments!

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