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Spring 2004 - Issue No. #53

Our 2004 spring newsletter includes a variety of topics. Our main article is a description of how EFL students in Japan designed an English homepage for a Brazilian charity as part of a college website design class. Our previous issue (#52) introduced a global education checklist for student learning. As a follow-up, we present here a "Global Education Checklist for Schools" which allows teachers to see how much of an international dimension their schools have achieved. Our featured topic is a special section on "Teaching about the Olympics" timed to coincide with the upcoming Olympic Games (Aug. 13 - 29) in Athens, Greece. This includes classroom activities, an Olympics Quiz and a list of resources to help you teach about this international event. Also included are a report on the recent TESOL 2004 conference and new books on global education topics.

Issue #53 contains a number of activities that you might find useful for teaching about the Olympic Games:
  1. Why Teach about the Olympics?
  2. Teaching Ideas
  3. Teaching Resources (websites and books)
  4. Reading Passage: The Olympic Games
  5. Activity: Redesign the Olympics!
  6. Other activities: quizzes, games, quotes, world peace...
Also, don't forget to check out Issue #54 and Issue #55 for more ideas!

Contents #53

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals

  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations

  • Conference Report: TESOL 2004 (March 31 - April 3 in Long Beach, USA)

  • A Student Website for a Brazilian Streetchildren NPO by Anthony Robbins

  • Special feature: Teaching about the Olympic Games

  • A Global Education Checklist for Schools

  • News and information

  • Who's Doing What?

  • Language teaching textbooks on global themes

  • Book Profiles: Global Education Books for Language Teachers


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