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March 2005 - Issue No. #56

Our first GILE newsletter of 2005, scheduled for January, is now here in March - due largely to my being a guest speaker on Japan's "Peace Boat" along with travels to India, Kenya, Egypt and Singapore. Apologies to all our subscribers for the long delay! Articles in this issue include a report on an English "world peace camp" plus an essay by EFL expert Marc Helgesen on his trip to Vietnam and the social issues (poverty, street children) he encountered there. In the aftermath of the December tsunami, our special feature deals with how to teach about natural disasters. This includes classroom ideas, teaching resources, quotes and thoughts about media coverage of disasters in the "Third World." Conference reports include a look at global education sessions at the JALT 2004 conference and the 10th Linguapax congress in Europe. Also profiled are language textbooks on global themes and a new book series for young people on global citizenship.

Contents #56

  • News from JALT and JALT's Global Issues SIG

  • News from international language teaching organizations

  • Conference Report: Global Issues at JALT 2004 (Nara, Japan)

  • Vietnam - Learning from Children by Marc Helgesen

  • Special feature: Teaching about Natural Disasters

  • Conference Report: 10th Linguapax Congress by Felix Marti

  • Shodoshima World Peace Camp by Nate Maddox

  • News and information / Who's Doing What?

  • Book Profiles: New Book Series on Global Citizenship


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Kip A. Cates, Tottori University, Koyama, Tottori City, JAPAN 680-8551
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