What are Global Issues?

Global issues refer to world problems such as war, hunger, poverty, oppression, racism, sexism, environmental destruction and to concepts such as peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development, social responsibility, and international understanding.


WHAT IS GLOBAL EDUCATION?

Global education is an approach to language teaching which aims at enabling students to effectively acquire and use a foreign language while empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and commitment required by global citizens for the solution of world problems


JALT "GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION SIG"

The Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group (GILE SIG) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) aims to: (a) promote the integration of global issues, global awareness, and social responsibility in language teaching, (b) foster networking and mutual support among language educators dealing with global issues, (c) promote awareness among language teachers of important developments in global education and the fields of environmental education, human rights education, peace education and development education. 


THE GILE NETWORK

The GILE network is an informal network of language teachers and global educators who share an interest in how world problems, global awareness, social responsibility and world citizenship can be integrated into foreign language teaching.



JALT Environmental Committee <brentoldchap@hotmail.com>

The Japan Association for Language Teaching has set up an Environmental Committee to lessen the carbon footprint of the organization, its chapters and SIGs, and its annual conference. To give suggestions, help out or learn about ways to involve your colleagues and students in sustainability, contact Brent Simmonds above.