Death by Design

  • Death by design
  • Sue Williams
  • Spojené státy
  • 2016
  • 59 min.
  • titulky
  • 15—21 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To become aware of how the production and liquidation of electronic products affects the environment and human health
  2. To learn about the working condition under which electronics are created and destroyed
  3. To think about how to change one’s own life to be more considerate

Today’s society is becoming increasingly dependent on electronics. Millions of new models of smartphones, tablets, and laptops are sold each year, but the processes used to manufacture them are highly toxic. The health of workers is constantly under threat due to the aggressive chemicals that are used. They die from new types of cancer and often have children who are born with birth defects. Despite this, manufacturers try to conceal this information and thwart lawsuits, and instead of looking for solutions they institute practices that force people to buy new products. This leads to an increase in electronic waste, which cannot be safely liquidated. The investigative film reveals a problem of global dimensions, which may have fatal consequences for the environment and for the health of us all. The production of electronic devices is a significant contributor to environmental pollution (particularly in developing countries).

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Recommended age group

15—21 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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New is Not Always Better

Activity / B2/C1 / 90 min

Students will:

  • Practise vocabulary related to electronic devices and the environment
  • Read for general information and summarise the main idea
  • Realise the impact that factories and their own consumer behaviour has on our environment

Questions and Answers

Informational texts

  • electronic equipment and its impact on the environment
  • international activities to support the resolution of environmental issues
  • recycling electronic equipment
  • social aspects of the electronics industry

UPDATED: How to reflect on emotions after the film screening

Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Teaching with documentaries: Methodological handbook

Handbook containing a collection of comprehensive activities designed for teaching with documentaries, along with the OWIS theoretical framework for English lessons.

English activities for teaching with documentaries

Informational texts

A set of activities generally applicable to working with film in English classes

Accompanying and recommended materials

Death by Design

Official film website.

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