Newsletter Issue #98, February 2016

Newsletter Issue #99, April 2016

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JALT 2016 Conference

Nov. 25 – 28, 2016 Nagoya, Japan

< http://jalt.org/conference/>

The 42nd JALT international conference will be held from November 25–28 at WINC Convention Center in Nagoya on the theme of Transformation in Language Education. Plenary speakers will include J.D. Brown, Anne Burns and Dorothy Zemach. Mark the dates in your calendar!


JALT Pan-SIG 2016 Conference

May 20–23, 2016  Meio University (Okinawa)

< http://pansig.org >

This year’s Pan-SIG conference, co-sponsored by GILE SIG, will be held May 20–23 in Nago City, Okinawa on the theme Innovations in Education. Pre- and post-conference Okinawa tours are being planned. Book flights now before prices go up!


Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN 2016)

 June 24 - 26, 2016   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

http://juemun.weebly.com/ >

This year’s Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN 2016) will be held from June 24 - 26 at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. This unique 3-day simulation allows college students to take on the role of United Nations ambassadors or international journalists and engage in debates and discussions – in English - on global issues that face our world. 



Newsletter Issue #98, February 2016


(1) a description by Catherine DeGaytan and her colleagues of a website-and-video ESL unit designed around the PBS documentary “Half the Sky”, (2) a report by CIR Keiko Holmes about her work dispelling stereotypes and promoting cultural understanding, and (3) an essay by Sylvain Bergeron on the role of English in building bridges across religious divides. Since March is Women’s History Month, our special theme for this edition is “women’s issues” featuring an International Women’s Day Quiz plus profiles of related books and movies. Also included are a report on last fall’s JALT 2015 conference in Shizuoka, a list of upcoming events for the year 2016 plus a round-up of all the latest global education news and information.

Newsletter Issue #99, April 2016


(1) a description by Teresa Koide of a college EFL course centered around student projects on the world’s countries, (2) a report by Kim Takeda about her work preparing children in Japan for overseas exchanges, and (3) an article by Michael Holsworth on a learner-centered approach to teaching about fair trade. To mark World Refugee Day on June 20th, we include a “call-to-action” article by Andrew Beiter and Joseph Carb on the Syrian refugee crisis as well as a special section on “teaching about refugees” featuring class activities, resources, books, movies plus lists of celebrity activists and famous people who were refugees. We wrap up this issue with a report on the recent spring TESOL 2016 conference in Baltimore as well as a round-up of all the latest global education news and information. 


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