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Issue #70 (December 2008)

Here, finally, is our GILE newsletter for winter 2008. Apologies for the delay getting this out! Due to a heavy workload (organizing the 6th Asian Youth Forum), I had to skip our fall issue. Rest assured that everyone will get an extra issue to make up for this. Our main articles here deal with (1) a college EFL course designed on global education principles, (2) an international photo album exchange, and (3) on-line videos for teaching social issues. We also feature a list of global issue calendars, teachable moments for 2009, a report on the fall JALT 2008 conference plus lots of global education news, events and information.

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Global Issues Sessions at JALT 2008 (Tokyo)
  • Designing a College Global Studies EFL Course by J. Paul Marlowe
  • Bring the World to Class with Photo Exchanges by Kathleen Geraghty
  • On-line Videos for Teaching Social Issues by Chris Summerville
  • Who’s Doing What? (with In Memoriam tribute to Darlene Larson)
  • Special Feature: Teachable Moments for the Year 2009
  • Book Profiles: Resource Books on Language, Peace and Global Issues
  • Global issue calendars and datebooks for the year 2009


Issue #69 (Sept. 2008)

Our 2008 summer newsletter comes out as teachers in Japan wrap up their spring semester grading and brace themselves for a hot and humid August. Our main articles this edition comprise (1) a description of a high school EFL global issues program which focuses on extensive reading, paragraph writing and micro-credit lending; (2) a report on an innovative English course entitled “The World in My Neighborhood” designed on multicultural education principles; and (3) a language teacher’s introduction to the issue of human trafficking. Also included are ideas and resources for teaching about the Olympic Games, a report on global issue sessions at the spring TESOL 2008 conference in New York, and lots of global education news, events and information. Have a great summer!

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Global Issues at TESOL 2008 (New York, USA)
  • Teaching English through Global Issues Content by Mark Hunter
  • The World in My Neighborhood Project (WIMN) by Jon Dujmovich
  • Teaching about Human Trafficking by Patricia Aliperti
  • Special Feature: Teaching about the Olympics
  • News and information from the field of global education
  • Book Profiles: Resource Books for Teaching about the Olympic Games


Issue #68 (June 2008)

Our late spring newsletter for 2008 includes a rich variety of global education articles, announcements, resources and information. Our first article, by Charles Kowalski, describes a content-based “peace studies” course designed for EFL students in Japan. Next, Gail Okuma and Nina Handjeva-Weller introduce a teaching unit on the theme of “heroes” which aims to promote courage, action and social responsibility. Our third article, by Maggie Lieb, discusses Orientalism, Occidentalism and the dangers of stereotyping and over-generalizing in ELT textbooks. Also included in this issue is a tribute to Japan-based global educator Bill Balsamo, who recently passed away in Himeji, a special section on “teaching about whistleblowers” plus other global education news, events and information.

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Designing an EFL Peace Studies Course by Charles Kowalski
  • Finding the Hero in Ourselves by Gail Okuma & Nina Handjeva-Weller
  • Special Feature: Teaching about Whistleblowers
  • Teaching Gender Issues Today by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
  • EFL: Are We Uniting or Dividing People? by Maggie Lieb
  • Who’s Doing What? (with special In Memoriam tribute to Bill Balsamo)
  • News and information from the field of global education
  • Book Profiles: Two New Book Series on Global Issues


Issue #67 (April 2008)

Our January issue is now finally out after a long, busy fall semester on my part. Sorry to keep everyone waiting! Key articles in this winter issue focus on (1) a discussion of ethical issues in language teaching by Canadian ESL expert Mary Ashworth, including comments on teaching “English for torture”, (2) a description of how a “Families of the World” video series can promote global awareness in the EFL classroom, and (3) a report on how Japanese EFL students designed and performed a musical on a global issues theme. Our special feature this issue is a list of key events and anniversaries scheduled to take place in the year 2008 that language teachers can build lessons around. Also included are reports on global issue presentations at the JALT 2007 conference, recent activities of language teaching organizations plus other global education news, events and information.

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • Conference Report: Global Issues at JALT 2007 (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 10 Questions About Ethical Issues in EFL by Mary Ashworth
  • Using “Families of the World” Videos in EFL by Tracy Cramer
  • Staging a Musical to Explore Global Issues by Todd Thorpe
  • Special Feature: Teachable Moments - Key Anniversaries in 2008
  • Language textbooks on global education themes
  • Global issue calendars and datebooks for the year 2008


Issue #66 (Sept. 2007)

September has come and, for many of us, it’s back to school! Key articles in our fall issue focus on (1) a summer English camp designed to promote intercultural understanding between Korean and Japanese high school students and (2) an environmental appeal to EFL publishers to reduce junk mail. In 2009, Japan will introduce a new citizen-based “lay judge” jury system. To prepare for this, we present here a special section on “Teaching about Great World Trials” with classroom ideas to help raise students’ legal awareness as they learn about the trials of famous historical figures such as Socrates, Galileo, Joan of Arc, Alfred Dreyfus, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Also included are previews of the upcoming GALE (Gender Awareness), PGL VI (Peace as a Global Language), Global Festa and JALT conferences plus lots of global education news, resources and information.


Issue #65 (July 2007)

Welcome to our 2007 summer newsletter! Our main articles focus on (1) a global issues ESL course in Hawaii that engaged students in taking action in their everyday lives, and (2) a survey of textbook characters in school English texts in Japan with an analysis of how these have changed over the 60 years since World War II. The year 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the deaths of Mother Teresa (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and Princess Diana (activist for AIDS and landmines). It also marks the 200th anniversary of the 1807 British abolition of the slave trade, an event being commemorated around the world. In this issue, we present a special section on “Teaching about Slavery” with ideas and resources to help you teach about this in your classroom. Also included is a report on the spring TESOL 2007 conference plus lots of global education news and information. Have a great summer!

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Global Issues at TESOL 2007 (Seattle, USA)
  • Character Identities in Post-War EFL Textbooks by Naoko Harada
  • Global Issues, Everyday Actions by David Royal
  • Special feature: Teaching about Slavery
  • Language textbooks on global education themes
  • Book Profiles: Books about Slavery and the Slave Trade


Issue #64 (April 2007)

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Issue #63 (December 2006)

Here, finally, is our GILE newsletter for winter 2006! Apologies to everyone for making you wait for this to appear. Our special theme this issue is "Esperanto" with teaching ideas, information and a feature article by JALT member Alain Lauffenburger. Other articles focus on (1) the United Nations Decade for Sustainable Development and its implications for language teachers; (2) a description of a new teacher-designed EFL textbook on Gender Issues, and (3) current research findings about how language learning can contribute to intercultural understanding. Also included are reports on recent activities in language teaching organizations, a list of global issue calendars for the year 2007, and lots of global education news, events and information. Have a great spring break!

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Special feature: Teaching about Esperanto
  • Teaching Esperanto for a Better World by Alain Lauffenburger
  • The UN Decade for Sustainable Development by J. Bacha & R. Allen
  • Language Learning and Cross-cultural Attitudes by David Ingram
  • Teaching Gender Issues Today by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
  • Language textbooks on global education themes
  •  Global issue calendars and datebooks for the year 2007


Issue #62 (Sept. 2006)

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  • Conference Preview: Global Issues at JALT 2006 (Kitakyushu)
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Globalization and Language Teaching (Korea)
  • Conference Report: JET Renewers' Conference / EPA
  • Taking Students on an Overseas Eco-Tour (Part 2) by Jonathan Lynch
  • Discussing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom by Emma Lingwood
  • Special feature: Teaching and Education - World Teachers' Day
  • Book Profiles: Books about Teaching and Education
  • News and information on global issue topics


Issue #61 (June 2006)

Our 2006 summer newsletter comes out as teachers in Japan gear up for the end of the spring semester, for final exams, for the end of the rainy season and for a steaming summer of "mushi-atsui" (hot-and-humid) weather. Our main articles in this edition focus on (1) creative activities for practicing language skills while promoting student awareness of animal issues; (2) the first part of a step-by-step guide on how to organize overseas eco-tours, and (3) a task-based EFL teaching unit designed around international prizes for global citizenship. Also included are a report on global education presentations at the spring TESOL 2006 conference in Florida, a list of books on world countries and issues, and lots of global education news, events and information. Have a great summer!

  • Abstracts of articles on global themes from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Global Issues at TESOL 2006 (Tampa, Florida)
  • Go Wild! Teaching and Learning about Animal Issues by Heidi Evans
  • Taking Students on an Overseas Eco-Tour (Part 1) by Jonathan Lynch
  • The World Challenge by David Peaty
  • News and information
  •  Book Profiles: Books on World Countries and Issues
  • Language textbooks on global themes


Issue #60 (March 2006)

This edition of our Global Issues Newsletter marks our first issue of the year 2006 and our 60th anniversary issue since we began publishing in 1990. Our main features include a description of an EFL global awareness program for children called Kids International, an article on English as a window to the world by Danish teacher Else Brendholdt and a description of a college EFL peace studies course by Matsuyama University educator Gregory Gray. Conference reports include an overview of global issue sessions at the fall Peace as a Global Language (PGL IV) conference in Kyoto plus sessions on global themes at the Asia TEFL conference in Beijing, China. We also introduce a "No Nonsense" book series on global issues plus lots of exciting news from the field of global education.


Issue #59 (December 2005)

Greetings to all for a great New Year of language teaching and global education in 2006! Our main features in this issue include an article on environmental education for childrens' EFL by Renata Suzuki and a description of a college English course designed around war protest songs by Louise Haynes. Marc Helgesen describes the impact of English speeches in fighting discrimination and shares a student speech about prejudice in Japan against gays and lesbians. Finally, we include a report on global issue presentations at the JALT 2005 conference held in Shizuoka (Oct. 7-10), a special section on teaching about socially-conscious sports stars and a list of global issue calendars for the year 2006.


Issue #58 (Sept. 2005)

Our 3 key themes this newsletter are "peace stories," "social activism" and "Hollywood celebrities." Our main features include an article on using peace stories in the classroom by peace educator Charles Kowalski and ideas from global educator Sophi Hronopoulos about designing EFL materials on social issues. Conference news includes a report on the recent Linguapax Asia 2005 symposium, an update on the PGL IV Peace as a Global Language conference in Kyoto (Nov. 11-13) and a preview of global issue sessions at the JALT 2005 conference in Shizuoka (Oct. 7-10). Finally, we include a special section on teaching about socially-conscious celebrities plus a profile of a new U.N. global issues video series hosted by movie stars such as Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Richard Gere and Meg Ryan.

  • Announcement: Peace as a Global Language Conference (Nov. 2005)
  • Conference Report: Linguapax Asia 2005 (June 11 Tokyo, Japan)
  • Teaching With Peace Stories in the Classroom by Charles Kowalski
  • More Peace Stories and Resources
  • Conference Preview: Global Issues at JALT 2005 (Shizuoka)
  • Designing Materials on Social Activism by Sophi Hronopoulos
  • Special feature: Teaching about Socially Concerned Celebrities
  • Profile: New United Nations Video Series on Global Issues


Issue #57 (June 2005)

Our summer newsletter comes out on the 60th anniversary of World War II (1945-2005) and in the wake of the July G-8 summit. Included here are sections on teaching about WWII as well as reports on Live 8 and the Make Poverty History campaign. Articles focus on teaching global issues using photojournalism websites, how political cartoons can promote language skills, political awareness and intercultural understanding plus a report on the Asian tsunami by an EFL teacher who did volunteer relief work in Thailand. Also included are a report on TESOL 2005 plus books on global themes. Have a great summer!


Issue #56 (March 2005)

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.


Issue #55 (Sept. 2004)

Our fall 2004 newsletter brings you a rich variety of global education news, reports, articles and information. Our featured articles include reports on student awareness of global issues in Japanese high schools, a student EFL poster presentation project about global issue NGOs, and suggestions for how to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in your school this January. Conference reports this issue include an overview of the Peace as a Global Language (PGL III) conference held in Kyoto (Sept. 24-26) as well as a preview of global issues sessions at the upcoming JALT 2004 conference in Nara (Nov. 19-22). Also included are profiles of books on the United States and Iraq, a report on "who really won" the 2004 Athens Olympics and a list of global issue calendars to order for the year 2005.


Issue #54 (June 2004)

Our summer newsletter deals with two August topics. For Japan, August includes 3 key dates linked with World War II - Aug. 6 (Hiroshima Day), Aug. 9 (Nagasaki Day) and Aug. 15 (end of the war). To mark this, we include an article describing peace education activities done with Japanese students in Nagasaki. The other big event is the Olympic Games and this newsletter should arrive on your doorstep in the middle of these. Our last newsletter (#53) ran a set of teaching activities to prepare for this. In this issue, we present an "Olympic Worksheet" to help your students view the games from a global perspective. Also in this issue are reports on the PAC 5 conference in Russia and the 4th Asian Youth Forum (AYF). Check out our previews of the Peace as a Global Language conference (Kyoto) and International Cooperation Festival (Tokyo) and attend these, if possible!


Issue #53 (April 2004)

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


Issue #52 (February 2004)

Our first newsletter of 2004 covers a variety of global issue topics. Our main article this issue is a description of a Model United Nations (MUN) attended by EFL students in the Middle East. This issue also includes a unique "global education checklist" designed to measure students' learning and to help teachers add a global dimension to their curricula. Our featured topic is a special section on teaching about "International Women's Day" timed to coincide with the annual celebrations for this event on March 8. This includes ideas for classroom activities, a Women's Issues quiz and a list of resources (books, posters, websites) to help you teach your students about the on-going struggle for women's rights and gender equality. Also included are a report on JALT's 2003 language teaching conference last fall and a profile of a new series of visual data books on global issue topics.

  • Announcements of global education spring events
  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  •  News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Global Issues at JALT 2003 (Shizuoka, Japan)
  • EFL Students at a Model United Nations by Esther Lucas
  • A Global Education Checklist for Student Learning by Fred Czarra
  • Special feature: Teaching about International Women's Day: QuizAnswersResources
  • News and information / Who's Doing What?
  • Language teaching textbooks on global themes
  • Book Profiles: Visual Data Atlas Series on Global Issues


Issue #51 (Nov. 2003)

This fall newsletter marks the 51st issue of our Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter. Our featured topic this issue is "Teaching about the United Nations." This includes ideas for classroom activities, a United Nations quiz and a list of resources (books, videos, posters, websites) to help you teach your students about the UN. Our main articles explain how to use the UN Cyber School Bus website for language teaching and how literature can raise student awareness about global issues. Also included are a class activity on global proverbs, a report on the PGL II conference (Tokyo, Sept. 27-28), a preview of the JALT 2003 conference (Shizuoka, Nov. 21-24), profiles of key books about the United Nations and a list of global education calendars to order for the year 2004.

  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Peace as a Global Language II (Tokyo)
  • Feature: Teaching about the United Nations
  • Conference Preview: Global Issues at JALT 2003 (Shizuoka)
  • Global Issues with the UN Cyber School Bus by Greg Goodmacher
  • Teaching Global Awareness through Proverbs by Vivian Chu
  • Global Issues Through Literature: Victor Hugo by Olivier Urbain
  • News and information about global education
  • Who's Doing What? Reports from the field
  •  Book Profiles: Key Resources on the United Nations
  • Global issue calendars for the year 2004