Issues 101-110

Issue #110 (April 2019)

Our 2019 spring newsletter comes out just in time for the long 10-day Golden Week Holidays here in Japan. Articles in this issue include: (1) a description by Louise Haynes about the work that she’s done teaching about social issue songs in her university classes and (2) an appeal from the Middle East by TESOL expert Shelley Wong, currently on an overseas Fulbright Fellowship, about the plight of Palestinian language teachers and learners under Israeli occupation in the West Bank. The big news in Japan now is the abdication of Emperor Akihito, the succession to the throne of Crown Prince Naruhito and the start of the new Reiwa imperial era. To mark this historic event, we’ve included a 4-page special feature on Teaching about the Emperor and Royal Families Around the World. This issue also includes highlights of this spring’s TESOL 2019 conference in Atlanta plus a round-up of recent news in the area of global education and language teaching. 

Issue #109 (January 2019)

Our first newsletter of 2019 features: (1) an article by Hisayo Kikuchi and Dennis Harmon describing an innovative teaching approach they developed that fosters language skills and global awareness through a modified Model United Nations and (2) a true story by a US Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea that can demonstrate to your students the power that a photo has to open minds, illustrate cultural differences and promote critical thinking about issues such as poverty and homelessness. Our special feature this edition, Teaching Global Issues with Photos, emphasizes the value of visuals plus provides resources and ideas on how to use photos in class. Also included are highlights from JALT 2018, a report on this fall’s 21st Asian Youth Forum plus a list of upcoming events in 2019. This issue also includes a special tribute to Craig Smith, a dynamic English teacher and global educator who passed away earlier this month in Kyoto. 

Issue #108 (October 2018)

Our fall newsletter for 2018 features articles on the following themes: (1) an essay by ELT expert Scott Thornbury on taboo topics in English textbooks, (2) an article by British writer Paul Kaye on the pros and cons of teaching controversial issues in EFL, and (3) a report by Eric Gondree on his research trip to the Middle East to investigate the state of EFL in the West Bank and to interview Palestinian English teachers. Our special feature for this edition is Teaching about Taboo Topics. This describes banned themes in various countries (Saudi Arabia, China, Japan), explains the famous taboo topic acronym PARSNIP, summarizes key research in this area and provides suggestions on innovative ways to approach controversial topics in the classroom. We wrap up with a report on this summer’s JACET 2018 conference in Sendai, with profiles of useful books and with a round-up of all the latest global education news. 

Issue #107 (July 2018)

Our summer newsletter for 2018 features: (1) a key article by Andy Curtis that examines the field of Peace Linguistics and its relation to our work as language educators, and (2) a description by Eucharia Donnery of an EFL drama workshop that engaged Japanese college students in using cell phones to investigate issues of homelessness and refugees. Our special theme for this issue is Teaching about Indigenous Peoples. This includes an article by Matthew Cotter about a college course that he devised on the theme of Māori Studies as well as teaching resources and information about the world’s indigenous peoples and the issues that they face. We wrap up with reports on this spring’s IATEFL 2018 conference in Brighton, England and the JALT PanSIG 2018 conference in Tokyo as well as a quick round-up of all the latest global education news. Have a good summer!

Issue #106 (April 2018)

Our spring newsletter for 2018 features: (1) a description by Yoshimi Ochiai of a high school English lesson she taught on social justice that was designed around a classroom simulations of unfair trade and (2) an explanation by Jason Pratt of an EFL unit he designed that had students learn to use Twitter in order to publicize foreign countries and cultures. With so much going on in the world, we include three “special features” in this issue: the first on teaching about North Korea, the second on gender issues (sumo, #metoo, Saudi Arabia) and the third on American gun culture and the recent March for Our Lives protest in the US. This issue also includes reports on this spring’s TESOL 2018 conference in Chicago and last fall’s Peace as a Global Language (PGL) conference in Kobe. We wrap up with an update on all the latest global education news.

Issue #105 (February 2018)

Our first newsletter of 2018 kicks off with: (1) a description by Andrew Garfield of a university outreach and writing course which engages in critical and creative thinking about global issues, and (2) a review by Michael Brown of an online eco-linguistics course entitled “Stories We Live By”. Our special feature this issue is Sports Diplomacy and the Winter Olympics. This provides post-Olympic teaching ideas along with historical case studies of sports diplomacy for your students to study, research and discuss. Also included is a summary of global issue presentations at JALT 2017 conference in Tsukuba and a report on last fall’s 16th Asian Youth Forum in Seoul, South Korea. We finish up with a list of upcoming events and anniversaries for the year 2018, information on the Graduation Pledge for Social Responsibility plus a round-up of all the lateset global education news.

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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