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GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE
EDUCATION NEWSLETTER
March 2006 - Issue No. #60

PEACE AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE CONFERENCE (PGL IV)

Nov. 11 - 13, 2005 at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

Homepage: http://www.pgljapan.org

The 4th international Peace as a Global Language (PGL IV) conference was held at Kyoto Sangyo University from Nov. 11–13, 2005 sponsored by JALT’s Global Issues Special Interest Group and 13 other peace, language and education groups around Japan. Below is a sampling of the sessions given.

PLENARY SESSIONS

  • Working for a Better World: NGO Experiences
  • This panel featured speakers representing a variety of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
    - Craig Smith

  • Violence Against Women in Japan
  • A speech by Yukita Juri, an Osaka lawyer and specialist in human rights, women and refugees.
    - Yukita Juri

SAMPLE SPECIAL SESSIONS

  • Human Rights NGOs and the Media
  • This panel discussed whether the media in Japan treat human rights NGOs as allies or adversaries.

  • Democracy, Peace and Development
  • This panel discussed democracy and peace in the developing world.
    - Paul Scott (Kansai Gaidai University)

  • Images and Realities: Possibilities for Peace
  • A panel on peace in films and the news media.
    - Betty Reardon. Colombia University Peace Education Center. Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/PeaceEd/

  • Bringing Spiritual Values into Education
  • This looked at how spiritual values can promote peace.
    - Chris Bradley

  • Health of the Planet
  • A panel on health issues such as nutrition, AIDS and stress.
    - Albie Sharpe, Louise Haynes, Mary Heerin, Leon Piasetski

  • Student NGOs
  • This featured leaders from four student NGOs who talked on their NGO work and experiences.

  • Education and the Environment
  • This featured a set of four presentations on how to teach for environmental awareness and action.
    - Chris Summerville

PRESENTATIONS

  • Constructing Peace: Israelis & Palestinians
  • This session discussed cultural aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and explored possible ways to reframe, transform and resolve it. - Lisa Rogers & Tina Ottman

  • Teaching Peace for Positive Social Change
  • This session discussed Medard Gabel’s solutions model and introduced 50 activities for addressing global issues and positive social change. - Deborah Bollinger (Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto)

  • An EFL Unit about War Protest Music
  • This workshop introduced the aims, activities and outcomes of an EFL unit for Japanese college students designed on “war protest music”. - Louise Haynes (Japan Network)

  • Poessays for Global Awareness
  • This showed how poessays (a type of creative poem/creative essay) can get students to discuss global issues in class
    - John Barros-Pereira (Kyoto)

  • Human Rights, Debt and Japanese ODA
  • This discussed how Japanese foreign aid to Myanmar has been constrained by Japan’s ties to the US, to China and to human rights issues. - Patrick Strefford (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)

  • What To Do If…
  • This talk offered advice on what to do in Japan when stopped by the police for an ID check, protesting discrimination or facing harassment in the workplace. - Debito Arudou. Website: www.debito.org

  • Integrated Education in Northern Ireland
  • This talk discussed how integrated education of Protestant and Catholic youth promotes mutual understanding.
    - Hotaka Maki (Ritsumeikan Univ.)

  • Peace Boat’s Global English/Espagnol Program
  • This discussed the work of the NGO Peace Boat and its GET (Global English / Espagnol Program) in promoting peace through its world voyages.
    - Joshua Porter.

  • Two Perspectives on Peace Studies Courses
  • This talk discussed two approaches to designing an EFL Peace Studies course as well as the aims of each approach.
    - Greg Gray & Jay Ercanbrack (Ehime University)

  • Keypal Projects for Cultural Awareness
  • This poster session outlined college-level keypal e-mail exchange programs in Japan and their impact on students’ worldview.
    - Marlen Harrison (Doshisha Univ.)

  • Cultural Bridges through Interviews
  • This talk used DVDs to show how interviewing foreign visitors offers a culturally rich learning experience for Japanese students.
    - Todd Rucynski (Rikkyo University)

  • Service Learning: The First Step
  • This talk described a student project in Thailand which involved volunteer work, NGO research, presentations and service learning classes. - John Spiri (Akita Int’l University)

  • Violence Against Women in International Law
  • This talk (in Japanese) analyzed the current state of international law and current efforts to tackle violence against women
    - Emi Morisawa

  • A New UN Video Series: What’s Going On?
  • This introduced a new UN video series featuring Hollywood celebrities involved with global issues.
    - Kip Cates

  • Museums and History Monuments for Peace
  • This session discussed the role of peace museums and anti-war monuments in promoting peace.
    - Hideo Fujita

  • I Have a Dream
  • This session introduced the presenter’s work in promoting Japanese junior high school students’ global awareness through the speech I Have a Dream and other class activities. - Osamu Obe

  • Satyagraha and Language
  • This discussed linguistic violence, semantic de- humanization and ways to promote language for peace. - Donna McInnis

  • English Press Coverage of the Kyoto Protocol
  • This discussed Japanese support for the Kyoto Protocol as seen through global English press coverage.
    - Annalisa Angeloni (U of Perugia, Italy)

  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers
  • This discussed contradictions of conservative US Christians who worship Jesus Christ as a peace- maker yet support the US war in Iraq. - William Cline (Osaka Jogakuin)

  • The Enneagram and Interpersonal Peace
  • This talk examined ways to modify negative attributes and behavioral dynamics obstructing inner peace using the Enneagram.
    - Larry Metzger (Osaka Jogakuin Univ)

  • Start With the Heart
  • This session introduced a holistic approach to children’s education called “Full Circle Learning” which promotes positive hearts, minds and actions. - Marilyn Higgins

  • Sensory Awareness: Global Language of Peace
  • This talk introduced sensory awareness as a way of building inner security, communicating with others and embodying peace in our activities and the world. - Judyth Weaver. Website: http://www.judythweaver.com

  • Political Arrests in Japan: Recent Cases
  • Political arrests involve those with adverse political affiliations, union leaders, those who sue police and anti-authority figures.
    - Michael Fox

  • Transnational Feminism in Post-War Japan
  • This discussed the interaction of power relations between American colonizers and Japanese colonized.
    - Taeko Shibahara (Doshisha University)

  • Teaching Global Issues through Simulations
  • This introduced EFL classroom simulations on topics such as landmines and world hunger.
    - Kip Cates (Tottori Univ.)

  • Inspiring Global Citizenship: Affective Domain
  • This talk discussed the importance of the affective domain in motivating students to become global citizens.
    - Maggie Lieb (Himeji Dokkyo University)

  • Peace Education in Action
  • This offered "hands-on" classroom ideas for giving students opportunities to study and act on human rights.
    - Louise Pender

  • The Treatment of Gender in News Reports
  • This talk reported on gender and the representation of men and women in news reports.
    - Shahzool Azizam, Engku Suhaimi (KUSZA Malaysia)

  • Development of NGOs in Japan
  • This talk described the historical development of NGOs in Japan, a country which lacks a religious or historical tradition of volunteerism. - Nieves Godinez (Faculty of Law, Kyoto University Japan)

  • Education and Action in a Hunger Banquet
  • This introduced a community Hunger Banquet in Japan which promoted awareness and action to end world hunger.
    - Matt Eng & Rebekah Hamner. Website: http://www.tottoriworld.com

  • Human Rights, Human Responsibilities
  • This provided ideas to encourage students to reflect on their rights and responsibilities as human beings, community members and global dwellers. - Deborah Mantle (Ritsumeikan Univ.)

  • Media Literacy and Language Education
  • This introduced an on-line collaborative sister school media project between 7th Grade children in Toronto and Hong Kong.
    Jacqueline Ng. Website: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/research/multiliteracies/

  • Critical Food-Based Education in Japan
  • This talk discussed an approach to food education in Japanese elementary schools which combines experience, study, reflection and social action. - Mark Frank

  • Bangladesh Seminar: Meeting of Two Cultures
  • This session introduced a collaborative Asian EFL project which brought together English language teachers from Japan and Bangladesh. - William Balsamo: balsamo@kenmei.ac.jp

  • Teaching Environmental Issues
  • This introduced EFL teaching activities to help Japanese students consider how their lives affect and are affected by our threatened environment. - Chris Summerville

  • An Intercultural Awareness Class
  • This talk introduced a variety of English teaching activities designed for an ICA (Inter-Cultural Awareness) course at a Japanese high school. - Kuniko Beppu

  • Globalization and the Teaching of Culture
  • This explored the impact of globalization and argued for a shift from teaching Anglo-American culture to world cultures.
    - Derek Nault (Kwansei Gakuin University)

  • Talking About Racism
  • This session discussed the role of education in combating racism and demonstrated activities for interacting positively with people of different cultures and races. - David McCullough

  • Nikkeijin (Overseas Ethnic Japanese)
  • This talk reported on a survey of 15 “Nikkeijin” regarding their dual sense of identity in Japan as both “foreign” and “Japanese”.
    - Donna Fujimoto (Kobe U. of Commerce)

  • Interviewing Elders: Learn from Experience
  • This introduced a college EFL project in which Japanese students interviewed elders from the WWII generation.
    - Richard Hodge (Shiga Univ of Med. Science)

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