What are Global Issues?

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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, world 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 world citizens for the solution of global 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. Here is our constitution.

THE "GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION" NETWORK

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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.


GLOBAL EDUCATION CURRENT PROJECTS INCLUDE:

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  • Teacher Directory - listing language teachers involved in global education
  • Bibliographies & Resource Guides - bibliographies of global education texts & materials
  • Conference Presentations - organizing conferences, colloquia, papers, workshops & displays
  • Resource Bank - a planned collection of global education teaching activities for future publication


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