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- 2000 -

Issue #38 (April 2000)

Our first newsletter of 2000 has come out in April instead of March as planned. Apologies from the editor. I hope it was worth the wait! This issue features a Japanese high school English course where students researched and wrote essays on global issues, an article about designing a classroom unit on the topic of "global superheroes", an innovative "graduation pledge for social responsibility" becoming popular in the United States and an article on teaching communicative peace through a "caring communication" college EFL curriculum. Also included are summer global education programs and a list of children's books for promoting global awareness among young learners. Please attend our May 20-21 Global Issues conference in Tokyo (see pg. 5). Best wishes for a great spring semester!

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Profile: TESOLers for Social Responsibility Caucus
  • Our Windows to the Globe by Masaharu Nagasaki & Carole Ray
  • Real Heroes to Global Heroes by R. Ballentine, A. Finlayson, S. Laivenieks
  • The Graduation Pledge of Social Responsibility by Neil Wollman
  • Words CAN Really Hurt You! by Donna McInnis
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Children's Books for Global Awareness
  • Global education materials and global education resource organizations

Issue #39 (July 2000)

Here's our summer 2000 newsletter, a bit late (July instead of June), but packed with news, information and teaching ideas. This issue features a global issues "discovery model" where students research world problems in their mother tongue, a new Asian cartoon hero "Meena" who promotes the rights of the girl child and a special section on teaching about the Olympics for the upcoming games (Sept. 15 - Oct. 1) in Australia. Also included is a report on the TESOL 2000 conference and a list of global issue reference books. If you can, please attend our September 24 Global Issues conference in Hokkaido (see pg. 5). Please note that Kip Cates will be in Europe July 20 - August 23, so will be out of contact for a month. Enjoy your summer and good luck with your fall teaching plans!

  •  News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • Profile: TESOLers for Social Responsibility Caucus
  • Conference Report: TESOL 2000 (March 14 - 18 in Vancouver)
  • Oxfam Global Citizenship Conference Report by David Peaty
  • A Global Issues Discovery Model by Dan LaBranche
  • The Meena Communicative Initiative by Kirsten Schaetzel
  • Special Feature: Teaching About the Olympics
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Reference Books for Global Issues
  • Global education materials and global education resource organizations


Issue #40 (Sept. 2000)

Tottori recently had a major earthquake, but luckily there was no damage here at my university. Thanks to all those who got in touch to see if I was still alive! Our fall 2000 newsletter features a college ESL course designed around the study of Anne Frank, an article from Korea on foreign language teachers and interracial marriage, and a section on critical thinking about which country really "won" the recent Olympic Games in Sydney. Also included is a report on this summer's FIPLV 2000 conference in Paris, global issue sessions at LIOJ's Summer Workshop, a list of global education reference books and a preview of global issue presentations at the upcoming JALT 2000 international conference in Shizuoka Nov. 3-5 - please come and attend! Good luck with your fall teaching!

  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • Conference Report: FIPLV 2000 (July 22 - 26 in Paris, France)
  • Inter-Racial Marriage in Korea by Patrick Guilfoyle
  • Preview: Global Issues at JALT 2000 (Nov. 3-5 in Shizuoka, Japan)
  • Teaching Anne Frank in the ESL Classroom by Carl Rosser
  • Special Feature: The Olympic Games - Who Won?
  • News and Information / Who's Doing What?
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Reference Books for Global Teachers
  • Global education materials and global education resource organizations


- 2001 -

Issue #41 (January 2001)

Due to time pressures, other commitments and a large winter workload, our December newsletter has become a January newsletter issued in February. Apologies from the editor for the delay! Instead of being our last newsletter of the year 2000 as planned, this is now our first newsletter of the year 2001. To kick off the 21st century, this issue features a special section on teaching about world religions, an article on nuclear weapons and how language teachers can work for a nuclear-free world, and a report of a Japanese teacher's trip to bring school supplies to a school in Cambodia. Also included are a report on JALT's Global Issues Special Interest Group (GILE SIG), overviews of JALT global issues mini-conferences held in 2000, and a list of global calendars for the year 2001. Best wishes for a great spring semester and a dynamic start to your global teaching in the new millennium!

Issue #42 (April 2001)

Here, finally, is our spring newsletter! The focus this issue is on human rights and human rights education. This features a "human rights squares" classroom activity, a report on teaching about human rights in Greece and a simplified version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for your students. Also included are a report on the TESOL 2001 conference in St. Louis, USA, a development education simulation on world trade, announcements of summer global education teacher training courses, and a list of global issue reference books. For our paying newsletter subscribers, we've included with this issue a copy of the "2001 United Nations Peace Calendar". Other readers who'd like a copy of this are welcome to order one (see ordering information on page 23).

Issue #43 (July 2001)

Here, finally, is our summer newsletter! The focus this issue is on human rights and human rights education. This features a "human rights squares" classroom activity, a report on teaching about human rights in Greece and a simplified version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for your students. Also included are a report on the TESOL 2001 conference in St. Louis, USA, a development education simulation on world trade, announcements of summer global education teacher training courses, and a list of global issue reference books. For our paying newsletter subscribers, we've included with this issue a copy of the "2001 United Nations Peace Calendar". Other readers who'd like a copy of this are welcome to order one (see ordering information on page 23).

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: IATEFL 2001 (Mar. 27 - 3 in Brighton, UK)
  • Teachers Against Prejudice by Elise Klein
  • Special Feature: "Human Rights Squares" Classroom Activity
  • Human Rights and TEFL by Marina Mattheoudakis
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (a simplified version)
  • News and Information / Who's Doing What?
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Reference Books for Global Teachers
  • Global education materials and global education resource organizations

Issue #44 (October 2001)

All of us were shocked by the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US. Both my sisters had close calls. One works in Manhattan and, by chance, was away from her World Trade Center office when the planes crashed. The other took one of the flights hijacked by the terrorists (American Airlines, Boston to LA) but, by chance, took it the night before. Now language teachers and students round the world are viewing with alarm the current anthrax scare and the "war" on the Taliban. This fall newsletter includes articles by language teachers about September 11th and the bombing of Afghanistan, a list of resources for teaching about terrorism and a preview of global issue presentations at the JALT-PAC3 conference. Also included are a Vietnam charity trip, a Lebanese peace education institute, educating for citizenship, books on youth activism and a list of global calendars for 2002.

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • Conference Report: IIPE 2001 (Aug. 6-13 in Lebanon) by Fran Turner
  • A Heart-Centered Journey to Vietnam by Junaline Banez
  • The Third Way (War in Afghanistan) by John Small
  • Teaching About Terrorism: Some Useful Resources
  • Conference Preview: Global Issues at PAC3-JALT 2001 (Nov. 23-25)
  • Making a Difference - The September 11 Terrorist Attacks by Ben Ward
  • NCSS Position Statement: Creating Effective Citizens
  • Global calendars and datebooks for the year 2002
  • Book Profiles: Youth, Volunteering and Community Activism

- 2002 -

Issue #45 (February 2002)

This winter newsletter, originally planned for December, is finally coming out in early spring. Apologies for the delay! This issue features articles on linguistic diversity, on teaching about world religions and on teaching for charity. Also included are a report on the 2001 Asian Youth Forum (AYF), which brought together students from 11 Asian countries, and comments from language teachers on September 11. This issue also contains an appeal to language teachers to see the 2002 World Cup soccer championships as a unique opportunity - a "teachable moment" - for promoting international understanding by (1) teaching students about Korea (and Japan) and (2) raising students' global awareness by teaching about the cultures, countries and peoples of the world soccer teams taking part.

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Promoting Linguistic Diversity for Peace by Denis Cunningham (FIPLV)
  • Comments and Quotes on September 11, 2001
  • Report: Second Asian Youth Forum at PAC3 Conference, Japan
  • Teaching for Charity: Global Education in Action by Junaline Banez
  • A Rationale for Teaching Religion in English Class by Carolyn Obara
  • Teaching for International Understanding (Korea-Japan World Cup)
  • News and Information / Who's Doing What?
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Reference Books for Global Teachers

Issue #46 (May 2002)

Our spring newsletter is late coming out, but is full of exciting ideas, resources and information on global education and language teaching. This issue features an article on teaching population issues using the Internet as well as language activities built around a classic peace education cartoon. Our featured topic is !global education and the World Cup.! This includes a FIFA-UNICEF children's campaign, global issue quotes from soccer players and celebrities, the global education philosophy of Japan soccer coach Philippe Troussier plus World Cup teaching ideas to raise your students' global awareness. Also included are a report on the TESOL 2002 conference in Salt Lake City, books for teaching about global organizations and a list of global issue summer programs and events.

  • Population Studies on the Web
  • Global issue and global education summer programs
  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Feature: Internet Websites on Global Issues and Language Teaching
  • Conference Report: TESOL 2002 (April 8 - 13 in Salt Lake City, USA)
  • Population Studies on the Web by Katharine Isbell
  • The Two Donkeys A Peace Education Cartoon
  • Global Issues, Global Education and the World Cup
  • News and Information / Who's Doing What?
  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Resource Books on International Organizations (NGOs)

Issue #47 (August 2002)

This summer newsletter goes to press on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in the US, a perfect chance for us to think carefully about our duty as global educators to teach for peace and justice. Our featured topic this issue is "teaching against prejudice" with a story about human rights from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and tips on teaching about discrimination in English discussion classes in Japan. Our main article is on NILE (Newspapers In Language Education) on how studying current events through newspapers can promote student reading skills and global awareness. Also included are a class activity about charity Internet websites, a report on the IATEFL 2002 conference in England and a list of reference books on global themes.

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: IATEFL 2002 (York, UK) by Esther Lucas
  • Click and Give! A Charity Website Class Activity by Chris Summerville
  • Sun Children, Winter Children (a story on prejudice) by Anne Frank House
  • Newspapers in Language Education (NILE) by Takashi Yoshida
  • Tips on Teaching about Discrimination in Japan by Dave Aldwinckle
  • Who's Doing What? / If the World Were a Village of 100 People
  • News and Information
  • Language teaching textbooks dealing with global issues
  • Book Profiles: Global Education Reference Books

Issue #48 (Nov. 2002)

This late fall newsletter goes to press as the 2002 Nobel Prizes are being awarded. While the media in Japan have spotlighted the two Japanese prize winners (in Chemistry and Physics), not much coverage has been given to the far more important prize for peace. Here, then, we've included a special section on the Nobel Peace Prize with teaching ideas, classroom activities, educational resources and a complete list of winners. Our featured article this issue deals with international volunteer work by Japanese students in Asia. Make sure to read the powerful essay by an English major in Kyoto on her work with Habitat for Humanity. Also included are a report on the JALT 2002 conference, a Christmas story about prejudice and a list of global calendars for the year 2003.

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: JALT 2002 (Shizuoka, Japan)
  • The Third Asian Youth Forum (AYF) at the PAC4 Conference, Taiwan
  • Special Feature: Teaching about the Nobel Peace Prize
  • The Exodus of the Foreigners: A Christmas Story
  • EFL and International Community Work by Craig Smith
  • Closing the Gap between Despair and Hope by Kanae Tsutsumi
  • Language teaching textbooks dealing with global themes
  • Book Profiles: Books about the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Global calendars and datebooks for the year 2003

- 2003 -

Issue #49 (February 2003)

Our spring newsletter comes out as the world hovers on the brink of a US-led war on Iraq. This main theme of this issue is "war and peace" with articles on a US-Iraqi pen-pal exchange, on teaching English and human rights to the military in Africa and a reprint of Mark Twain's classic "War Prayer." We also feature articles on charity English classes, volunteerism in EFL, a report on the 2002 PGL "language and peace" conference in Tokyo plus peace quotes, websites, books and education statements linked to the US-Iraqi crisis.

  • Abstracts of global education articles from language teaching journals
  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: Peace as a Global Language (Sept. 28 - 29, 2002 Tokyo)
  • Statements on the US - Iraq Crisis by Education Organizations
  • Serving the World as an English Teacher by Adam Beck
  • Volunteerism: Education Beyond the Classroom by Karen Mattison Yabuno
  • Teaching English and Human Rights to the Military by Jessica Newby
  • Graduation Pledge of Social Responsibility
  • US and Iraqi Students Exchange Letters of Peace by Leah Wells
  • Peace Education Classics: The War Prayer by Mark Twain
  • Internet Comments and Resources on the US-Iraq Crisis
  • Language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Key Reference Books on War and Peace

Issue #50 (Summer 2003)

This summer 2003 newsletter marks the 50th issue of the Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter. By chance, it also marks the 50th birthday of its editor! Our first newsletter, Issue #1, was printed way back in 1990 when the concepts of global education and teaching global issues were quite new in the language teaching profession. Now, with more than a decade of work behind us, an increasing number of language teachers around the world are involved in helping their students become both fluent language learners and active global citizens. As JALT Global Issues SIG Chair and GILE Newsletter editor, I'm proud of the work our group has done and of the contribution this newsletter has made. With this 50th anniversary issue, I'd like to thank all those who have supported the GILE Newsletter over the past 13 years and look forward to working with you all on the next 50 issues as we and our students continue to work towards a world free of war, poverty, prejudice and pollution, and a world of tolerance, peace and international understanding

  • News from JALT and other language teaching organizations
  • Conference Report: TESOL 2003 (March 24 - 29 in Baltimore, USA)
  •  Conference Announcement: Peace as a Global Language (PGL II ^ Sept. 2003)
  • The Peace Project: Overcoming Intolerance by Stephaney Jones-Vo
  • Global Unity through Proverbs, Metaphors and Storytelling by Vivian Chu
  • Who's Doing What? / News and Information
  • Language teaching textbooks dealing with global issue topics
  • Book Profiles: Key Resource Books on Global Topics

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

- 2004 -

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: Quiz, Answers, Resources
  • News and information / Who's Doing What?
  • Language teaching textbooks on global themes
  • Book Profiles: Visual Data Atlas Series on Global Issues

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...
Also, don't forget to check out Issue #54 and Issue #55 for more ideas!

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 #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.


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