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1) an article by Zelinda Sherlock that takes a crtical look at the content, values, and assumptions embedded in English textbooks used in schools in Japan, 2) a set of lively comments from an online debate moderated by British ELT expert Ken Wilson on the question of whether we should talk about global issues in the ELT classroom. Also a special section commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and a report on this spirng’s PanSIG confernce in Kobe and this summer’s JACET conference in Kagoshima. And more.
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Issue #96 (July 2015)
1) a critical essay by Ayaka Ihara that asks whether English education in Japan promotes nationalism or internationalism, (2) a call by Ryota Morita for teachers to consider the special needs of students with vision disabilities, and (3) an article by Paul Mathieson on what language instructors can do in their classes to teach against ethnic and national stereotypes. This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War – a unique chance for us to learn from a violent past and teach for a future of peace. To commemorate this, we include a special section on Teaching about World War II and Japan which includes a variety of ideas, activities, books, films and other resources. We finish out this issue with a report on the spring 2015 IATEFL conference, with a number of peace appeals from Japan and overseas plus a round-up of recent global education news, events and information.
Issue #95 (April 2015)
(1) an article by Beverley Lafaye on using non- fiction films on global themes for oral communication classes, a selection by David Deubelbeiss of on-line games that practice English while raising awareness of social issues, and a report by Brent Simmonds on last fall’s Education for Sustainable Development 2014 world conference held in Nagoya, Japan. Our special feature for this newsletter is Teaching about Destructive Cults, chosen to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin attacks in Tokyo. We finish out this issue with a report on the TESOL 2015 conference in Toronto plus a round-up of global education news, events and information.
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