GILE-SIG

Constitution / Gainen

Below is the 2006 GILE SIG Constitution. This has been revised to bring it into line with JALT's status as a Japanese NPO and is now being reviewed by JALT. The constitution was written up by Kip Cates based on revisions and suggestions by David Peaty and Tim Newfields. It was approved unanimously at the JALT 2006 GILE SIG Business Meeting. (Kip Cates, GILE SIG Chair)

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CONSTITUTION OF THE

GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION SIG

OF THE JAPAN ASSOCIATION FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING

(Revised constitution drawn up June 15, 2006 by Kip Cates, GILE SIG Coordinator)

1. NAME:

The name of the organization shall be the Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group (abbreviated to Global Issues SIG or GILE SIG).

2. AFFILIATION:

The Global Issues in Language Education SIG is an affiliate of JALT (the Japan Association for Language Teaching).

3. BACKGROUND:

Global awareness and international understanding have traditionally been key language teaching aims, included in course descriptions, school mottos and national education objectives. Over the past 20 years, a growing number of teachers in Japan and around the world have been experimenting with a content-based approach to language teaching centered around global issues and global education aimed at realizing these aims.

Definitions:

- The term "global issues" is used to refer to world problems such as war, hunger, poverty, oppression, racism, sexism, environmental destruction and to concepts such as peace, justice, human rights, world citizenship, social responsibility and international understanding.

- "Global education" is defined as a new approach to language teaching which aims at enabling students to effectively acquire and use a foreign language while empowering them with the knowledge, skills and commitment required by world citizens for the solution of global problems.

4. PURPOSE:

The Global Issues in Language Education SIG is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is (a) to keep SIG members appraised of current trends in the field of global education and language teaching and (b) to provide SIG members with a professional forum in which to discuss pedagogical issues (teaching methods, materials, curriculum design, teacher training...) as well as educational, social and global issues which impact students, teachers, the language classroom and the wider world.

Aims

The official aims of the Global Issues SIG are:

(1) to promote the integration of global issues, global awareness and social responsibility into language teaching

(2) to promote networking and mutual support among language educators dealing with global education and global issues

(3) to promote awareness among language teachers of important developments in the field of global education and related fields such as environmental education, human rights education, peace education and development education

5. ACTIVITIES

To accomplish the above aims, the Global Issues SIG shall:

(1) publish a quarterly newsletter
(2) establish and maintain a GILE SIG website
(3) maintain a database of teaching activities, materials, research, publications and organizations related to global education and language teaching;
(4) organize a GILE SIG forum, colloquium and other presentations at JALT's annual conference
(5) organize seminars, workshops, conferences and other events throughout Japan
(6) network with relevant individuals, associations and organizations, including:

(a) JALT Chapters and SIGs
(b) relevant groups, organizations and associations in the field of language teaching (e.g. UNESCO's Linguapax Project, TESOLers for Social Responsibility, IATEFL Global Issues SIG, KoTESOL Global Issues SIG)
(c) global education organizations and associations in Japan and overseas (e.g. Educators for Social Responsibility, the Development Education Council of Japan)
(d) international and global issue organizations in Japan and abroad (e.g. the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, Amnesty International, WWF, Oxfam)

6. MEMBERSHIP

Individual voting membership shall be open to any JALT member upon payment of the annual membership fee currently set by JALT.

7. LANGUAGE:

The working language of the Global Issues SIG is English.

8. ANNUAL MEETING:

a. The Global Issues SIG shall hold an Annual Meeting during the JALT International Conference at a time and place announced to all GILE SIG members at least one month in advance of the meeting. Members present at this meeting shall constitute a quorum.

b. All JALT members are welcome to attend this meeting, but only members of the Global Issues SIG as ascertained by Membership-related officers shall be entitled to vote.

9. OFFICERS AND ADMINISTRATION:

a. The Global Issues in Language Education SIG is administered by the GILE SIG Executive Committee. This is comprised of the following SIG officers whose duties are listed in the Bylaws.

Administrative Officers

1. Coordinator
2. Treasurer
3. Membership Chair

Project Officers

1. Program Chair
2. Publications Chair
3. Publicity Chair
4. Newsletter Editor
5. Website Manager
6. List Serve Coordinator

Regional Officers

1. Hokkaido
2. Tohoku
3. Kanto
4. Chubu
5. Kansai
6. Chugoku-Shikoku
7. Kyushu
8. Okinawa

b. Terms of Officers elected at the Annual Meeting or thereafter shall start immediately and be effective as a rule until the election at the following year's Annual Meeting.

10. NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND REMOVALS:

a. Selection of officers shall be made at the GILE SIG Annual General Meeting. When there are no contested positions, selection shall be carried out by consensus. When there are contested positions, the following procedures shall be observed.

(i) Selection of officers shall be decided by secret, written ballots.
(ii) Nominations for Officers may be submitted in writing prior to the election or proposed from the floor at the Annual Meeting. Any member of the Global Issues in Language Education SIG may nominate members in good standing for any office.
(iii) Before announcing the results of an election, ballot results shall be examined by at least two Global Issues in Language Education SIG officers or three Global Issues in Language Education SIG members who are not candidates for office.
(iv) In the event of a tie vote, the members of the GILE SIG Executive Committee shall cast the deciding votes. In the event that there is a tie by the Committee itself, the deciding vote shall be cast by the Coordinator.

b. If an officer resigns or vacates his/her position before the Annual General Meeting, a nominee will be selected by a consensus of the GILE SIG Executive Committee. All GILE SIG Executive Committee members shall know of the vacancy for over a week while nominees are sought. The new officer shall serve in that position until the next Annual General Meeting. Ballots in the case of a contested position may be sent by fax, mail or e-mail to the designated elections officer, a SIG Executive Committee member not contesting the position.

c. An officer who fails to perform his or her duties under the Constitution or By-Laws may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the GILE SIG Coordinating Committee (excluding the officer in question). The officer in question shall be notified and offered the option to officially resign.

d. A notice announcing the Officers of the Global Issues in Language Education SIG shall be mailed to all SIG members in the first newsletter after the election.

11. AMENDMENTS:

Amendments can be proposed by any member of the Global Issues SIG. The proposed amendment will be considered by the GILE SIG Executive Committee. If a majority of the Executive Committee members find the proposed amendment relevant, it will be put forward for decision making at the Annual Meeting. To become active, a proposed amendment must be ratified by at least two-thirds of those attending the Annual Meeting. It will then take effect immediately.


BYLAWS OF THE GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION SIG

1. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

1. COORDINATOR:

The coordinator shall have general responsibility for coordinating the activities of the GILE SIG Executive Committee and for directing the affairs of the Global Issues SIG. S/he shall preside at the GILE SIG Annual Meeting and at other SIG sponsored events. In the absence of the Chair, another officer appointed by the Chair shall chair the meeting. The Chair will serve as liaison to other organizations. The Chair shall submit an annual report to JALT.

2. TREASURER:

The Treasurer shall keep all financial records, and collect and disburse all funds of the Global Issues SIG. S/he shall present an account of the SIG's financial status at the SIG Annual Meeting, and submit regular financial reports to the National SIG Treasurer Liaison. The Treasurer shall prepare all financial documents necessary for internal and external audits.

3. MEMBERSHIP CHAIR:

The Membership Chair shall be responsible for registering and renewing membership, maintaining a comprehensive up-to-date membership list, data-basing for internal analysis, and forwarding membership information to the appropriate GILE SIG and JALT officers.

PROJECT OFFICERS

1. PROGRAM CHAIR:

The Program Chair shall work with the GILE SIG Executive Committee to plan and organize GILE SIG programs. S/he shall solicit presentation proposals for GILE SIG events and arrange to vet these where necessary. S/he shall contact and arrange for speakers to present at the GILE SIG Forum at the annual JALT Conference and actively design and provide Global Issue SIG programs for JALT Chapters, JALT programs and other relevant organizations and events.

2. PUBLICATIONS CHAIR:

The Publications Chair shall supervise the planning, editing and publishing of GILE SIG publications, including books, teaching resources and special issues of The Language Teacher magazine.

3. PUBLICITY CHAIR:

The Publicity Chair shall be responsible for coordinating GILE SIG publicity and public relations in both JALT and non-JALT forums.

4. NEWSLETTER EDITOR:

The Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for editing and publishing at least 3 regular newsletters per calendar year.

5. WEBSITE MANAGER:

The Website Manager shall be responsible for designing and maintaining the Global Issues SIG website.

6. LIST-SERVE COORDINATOR:

The List-Serve Coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining the Global Issues SIG e-mail list-serve.

REGIONAL OFFICERS

1. REGIONAL GILE SIG OFFICERS:

The GILE SIG will appoint regional officers for the main geographic regions of Japan (e.g. Hokkaido, Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu...). S/he shall work with the SIG Executive Committee to represent the GILE SIG, respond to local inquiries and promote the SIG's goals in his/her region of Japan.

2. AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS:

Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed and carried out in the same manner as constitutional amendments. In addition, these Bylaws may be amended by a three-quarters vote of the Global Issues in Language Education SIG Executive Committee.

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Kip A. Cates, Tottori University, Koyama, Tottori City, JAPAN 680-8551
E-mail: kcates@gilesig.org Work Tel/Fax: 0857-31-5650
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