Issues 101-110

Issue #104 (October 2017)

Hutchinson, Caroline - Promoting Empathy Through the Study of History

Taylor, James - Raising Awareness of Mental Health Issues

This fall 2017 edition of our Global Issues Newsletter contains: (1) a description by James Taylor of a college EFL unit he designed to raise awareness of mental health issues among Japanese students using on-line videos, World Health Organization materials and comments from professional rugby players, and (2) a stimulating article by Caroline Hutchinson on ways to promote empathy among English language learners through the critical study of cross-cultural encounters in history. Our special feature this issue carries on the theme of history with ideas for teaching about the 1927 US-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange. This historical peace education initiative involved the exchange of over 12,000 dolls between Japanese and American children in the late 1920s. It aimed at building international peace and goodwill among young people in the face of rising nationalism, xenophobia and militarism – an all too relevant challenge for us even today. Also in this edition is a report on last spring’s IATEFL 2017 conference in Glasgow, a conference preview of JALT 2017 and a round-up of global education news from around the world. 

Issue #103 (August 2017)

Mielick, Martin - Raising Students’ Awareness of National and Global Sefl-Identities Through Media Analysis of Japanese Social Issues

Nanni, Alexander, Serrani, Joseph - Education for Empathy and Social Responsibility

Tanaka, Kathryn, Fukuda, Michiko, Ando, Shirley - Making History Real: Testimony from a Former Comfort Woman

This summer edition of our Global Issues Newsletter features: (1) a description by Alexander Nanni and Joseph Serrani of an academic English course they designed in which students analyze the social and environmental impact of international corporations, (2) an article by Martin Mielick on how to raise awareness of student identities through media analysis of social issues in Japan such as the (over-) use of English loan words, and (3) a special report by Kathryn Tanaka and her colleagues about the reactions of their Japanese students to the testimony of a Filipina comfort woman and the teaching materials their students created to promote better understanding of this issue. Our special theme for this issue is English for Terrorism featuring an EFL textbook designed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to promote English skills, hate and violence. We also include conference reports on TESOL 2017 and Pan-SIG 2017 as well as a list of global education resource books about child refugees and children around the world. Enjoy! 

Issue #102 (April 2017)

Williams, David - The Asia Summer Program: An Asian Experience

Bajaj, Monisha - Five Steps for Starting a Human Rights Club

Sugihashi, Tomoko - Learning Through Volunteering: Translating for NGOs

This spring edition of our GILE Newsletter comes out as the Golden Week holidays in Japan are about to begin. This issue features: (1) a description by David Williams of how his university hosted a summer program for Asian students, (2) an article by Monisha Bajaj on how to set up a human rights club in your school, and (3) a report by Tomoko Sugihashi on a Volunteering in English course in which students translated letters between Japanese sponsors and foster children in developing countries. Our special theme for this issue is Teaching about Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the US Major Leagues whose achievement is marked each year on April 15th. This special section includes ideas, activities and resources on Robinson’s life and on the US civil rights movement. We finish with a report on last fall’s JALT 2016 conference in Nagoya as well as a round-up of all the latest global education news. 

Issue #101 (December 2016)

Shrosbree, Mark - Global Issues Through Youtube Video Clips

Staley, Kentra - Transforming Stereotypes, Classism, Racism and Misogyny through Social Media

Tanaka, Kathryn - The Otemae-Nagashiima UNESCO World Heritage Service Learning Project

Greetings for the New Year! This (much delayed!) fall 2016 issue of our GILE Newsletter features: (1) a description by Kendra Staley of how she and her EFL students in Colombia, South America use social media to combat prejudice and stereotypes, (2) a practical article by Mark Shrosbree explaining how Youtube videos can be used to help teachers bring global issues into the classroom and (3) a report by Kathryn Tanaka on a service learning project which engages Japanese university students in learning English translation skills in order to support a national hospital for Hansen’s Disease. Also included is an overview of last summer’s JACET 2016 national conference in Hokkaido, a report on the recent 15th Asian Youth Forum held in Taiwan, profiles of resource books on the topic of “service learning”, a list of upcoming events and anniversaries for the year 2017 plus a round-up of all the latest global education news and information. 

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