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- 2016 -

 Issue #100 (April 2016)

The 100th edition of our quarterly Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter features: (1) a description by Charles Kowalski of a U.S. presidential election simulation designed for EFL students, (2) an article by J.J. Wilson explaining 12 different ways that you can bring global issues into your classroom and (3) a report by Richard Miller on the PGL 2016 conference in Kenya and a unique PGL project to bring computers to a Nairobi slum school. Our special theme for this issue is Teaching about the Rio Olympics complete with ideas, activities and resources to help you teach about the Summer Olympics in Brazil. Other newsletter features include conference reports on IATEFL 2016 (UK) and on Pan-SIG 2016 (Okinawa). We wrap up this issue with a call for your messages to celebrate our 100th newsletter as well as a round-up of all the latest global education news. Have a great summer and enjoy the Olympics!

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Issue #99 (April 2016)

(1) a description by Teresa Koide of a college EFL course centered around student projects on the world’s countries, (2) a report by Kim Takeda about her work preparing children in Japan for overseas exchanges, and (3) an article by Michael Holsworth on a learner-centered approach to teaching about fair trade. To mark World Refugee Day on June 20th, we include a “call-to-action” article by Andrew Beiter and Joseph Carb on the Syrian refugee crisis as well as a special section on “teaching about refugees” featuring class activities, resources, books, movies plus lists of celebrity activists and famous people who were refugees. We wrap up this issue with a report on the recent spring TESOL 2016 conference in Baltimore as well as a round-up of all the latest global education news and information. 

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Issue #98 (February 2016)

(1) a description by Catherine DeGaytan and her colleagues of a website-and-video ESL unit designed around the PBS documentary “Half the Sky”, (2) a report by CIR Keiko Holmes about her work dispelling stereotypes and promoting cultural understanding, and (3) an essay by Sylvain Bergeron on the role of English in building bridges across religious divides. Since March is Women’s History Month, our special theme for this edition is “women’s issues” featuring an International Women’s Day Quiz plus profiles of related books and movies. Also included are a report on last fall’s JALT 2015 conference in Shizuoka, a list of upcoming events for the year 2016 plus a round-up of all the latest global education news and information.

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- 2015 -

Issue #97 (October 2015)

* Abstracts of articles on global themes from ELT journals and the media 4

* News and announcements from language teaching organizations   5


* Conference Report: JACET 2015 (Kagoshima) 6-8
* Conference Report: Pan-SIG 2015 (Kobe)  9-10

* Should We Talk about Global Issues in the ELT Classroom? by Ken Wilson 11-13

* Japan’s Textbook Inequality: Cultural Bias and SLA by Zelinda Sherlock 14-17


* Special Feature:
Teaching about the United Nations 18-20


* Resources and information on global issue topics and organizations 21

* Language teaching textbooks on global education themes 22

 * Global issue calendars and datebooks for the year 2016  23

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Issue #96 (July 2015)

a critical essay by Ayaka Ihara that asks whether English education in Japan promotes nationalism or internationalism

a call by Ryota Morita for teachers to consider the special needs of students with vision disabilities

an article by Paul Mathieson on what language instructors can do in their classes to teach against ethnic and national stereotypes

70th anniversary feature marking the end of the Second World War:  Teaching about World War II and Japan which includes a variety of ideas, activities, books, films and other resources. 

a report on the spring 2015 IATEFL conference, with a number of peace appeals from Japan and overseas

a round-up of recent global education news, events and information. 

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Issue #95 (April 2015)

*Abstracts of articles on global themes from ELT journals and the media (4)

* News and announcements from language teaching organizations (5) 

* Conference Report: Global Issues at TESOL 2015 (Toronto, Canada) (6-9)

* Non-Fiction Film in the Oral Communication Class by Beverley Lafaye (10-11)

* My Top 5 On-line Games on Social & Global Issues by David Deubelbeiss (12-13)

 * Education for Sustainable Development (ESD 2014) by Brent Simmonds (14-16)

* Special Feature: Teaching about Destructive Cults (17-19)

* Language teaching textbooks on global education themes (21)

* Book Profiles: Resource books for teaching about destructive cults (22)

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Issue #94 (February 2015)

* Abstracts of articles on global themes from ELT journals and the media (4)

* Conference Report I: Global Issues at JALT 2014 (Tsukuba, Japan) (6-8)

* Event Report: The 13th Asian Youth Forum (AYF 13) in Bangkok (9)

 * Conference Report II: Global Issues at PGL 2014 (Kobe, Japan) (10-11)

Teaching Peace and the Atomic Bombings in EFL by Kathryn M. Tanaka  (12-13) 

Using Movies to Teach English, Culture and Socio-Politics by Bob Ashcroft (14-16) 

 * Upcoming Events: Teachable Moments for the Year 2015 (17)

* Special Feature: Teaching about Malala and Other Youth Activists (18-19)


* Language teaching textbooks on global education themes (21) 

* Book Profiles: Resource Books about Youth Activists (22)

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