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1990-1993
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For language teachers involved in global education, 1993 has been a busy year of "teaching for a better world". A look at any newspaper shows that our global village is challenged by problems of war, poverty, discrimination, AIDS and environmental destruction. Yet, around the globe, more and more language teachers are working to empower their students with the knowledge, skills and commitment needed by world citizens to solve these problems. The Israeli-Palestinian and UK-IRA peace initiatives show that progress is possible - all that's required is hard work, dedication and a vision of how things might be. This winter, I'll be in California for a family Xmas, then go off to Bangkok to speak about global education at Thai TESOL. To all of you, best wishes for a good holiday and a great 1994!!


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

  • Summaries of global education articles in language teaching journals

  • Report for 1993: Global issue presentations at regional JALT chapters

  • Cross Cultural Understanding and Peace by Scott Berlin (Korea TESOL)

  • Conference report: Global education presentations at JALT'93 in Omiya (Part I)

  • Global Education: Change That Attitude by Jim Jarvis (Church World Service)

  • Series: Global Issues in World Textbooks – A Vietnam EFL unit on recycling

  • Some Uneasy Questions About Global Issues by Rudolf Reinelt

  • Global education language teaching at the Language Institute of Japan (LIOJ)

  • Who's Doing What?  -  Members' networking page

  • People's History - An ESL / History Bridge Class by Elaine Brooks & Len Fox

  • Featured Book Review: Internationalizing Your School by Greg O'Dowd

  • Global calendars and almanacs for the year 1994

  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issues

  • Global education materials available from the Global Issues Network

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

With the spring term finished and the summer holiday in full swing, many language teachers finally have a chance to sit back, reflect upon the past semester and prepare for the term to come. We hope this summer issue of the newsletter will stimulate your ideas about global education and help you prepare for an exciting fall semester of teaching. As always, readers are invited to send in reports of their global education initiatives and summer projects aimed at raising students’ global awareness.


Special features of this issue are:    

 

  • Announcements: Children of the World / Japan visit of Vietnamese educators

  • Articles on global education themes from language teaching journals

  • JALT news: Kobe conference / May 1993 “Global Education” special issue

  • Conference report: JALT’92 presentations on global themes (Part 2)

  • Conference Report: Global Age: Issues in English Education (Cairo, Egypt)

  • Call for Articles: The Politics of Foreign Language Teaching (Radical Teacher)

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

  • Peace Education in the English Language Classroom by Reinhold Freudenstein

  • Global Education Profile: Atsushi Iino (Tamagawa Technical Sr High School)

  • Who’s Doing What? Initiatives and activities of GILE members

  • Profile: Our Planet in Every Classroom Project

  • Global Issues in ELT by Alan Maley

  • Book Review: Teaching World Issues Not All Gloom by John Provo

  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issues

  • Global education materials available from the Global Issues Network

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

With summer over and school back in session, “How I spent my summer vacation” is a popular class topic among foreign language learners around the world. If you or your students were involved in global education-related activities this past summer, please write something up for our next issue. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the variety of exciting topics included here in Newsletter #9 of the Global Issues Network / N-SIG! 


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • News: 2nd JALT N-SIG conference / German peace educators visit to Japan

  • Articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Report: AIDS education, TESOL and English teaching by Henry Lesnick

  • Preview: Global education presentations at JALT'92 conference in Tokyo

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

  • ESL Peace Teachers by Barbara Birch

  • Profiles: Environmental education card games

  • Series: Global Issues in World Textbooks – A Korean EFL unit about WWII

  • Book Review: Global Trends by Paul McLean (reviewed by Gerry Kuhn)

  • Global Education Profile: June-Rose Garrott (Seinan Jogakuin Jr College)

  • Toward a Pedagogy of Positiveness by F. Gomes de Matos    (Brazil)

  • GILE network members information sharing: Events, initiatives, resources

  • United Nations Resources for ESL Writing    by Shirley Brown

  • New language teaching textbooks that deal with global issues

  • Global education materials available from the Global Issues Network

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

For global education language teachers, 1992 presents some highly-teachable events of global significance. 1992 provides a chance to re-evaluate the past, marking as it does the first anniversary of the Gulf War, the 400th anniversary of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s 1592 Japanese invasion of Korea and the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ “discovery” of America. 1992 also stimulates us to look to the future, to the unification of Europe, a changed USSR and the June UN “Conference on Environment and Development” in Brazil. I hope this issue of the “Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter” helps you to plan a meaningful year of socially-responsible teaching with a global perspective.


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • 1991 Annual Report of the Global Issues in Language Education Network

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • A preview of global education presentations at TESOL’92 (Vancouver, Canada)

  • Special Appeal: Burkina-Japan Education for All Project (Susan McCarthy)

  • Language Teachers as Peace Researchers by Francisco Gomes de Matos

  • News and Views: Foster Parent Plan / Social Issues in EFL in Holland

  • New books on Environmental Education from WWF

  • Special Feature: Global Education in Soviet EFL

    • Peace education activities in a Soviet high school EFL textbook

    • Profile of the Soviet Movement “Educators for Peace”

    • Peace Education in EFL in the USSR by Valentina Mitina

  • Suggestions and resources for teaching “Columbus 500” (1492 ~ 1992)

  • New language teaching textbooks that deal with global issues

  • Global issue events and resources recommended by GILE network members

  • Appeal for Peace Stories: “The Stranger as Friend” Project (Ludwig Fisher, US)

  • List of 1992 global education catalogs and almanacs

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

This spring 1991 newsletter has been slightly delayed due to my attendance at a language education conference in Vietnam and the birth of our first child (a baby boy named “Ken”). Thanks to all the contributors, this issue is full of information. Keep sending in news! 


Special features of this issue are:                                                            

  • Report: Language Teaching and the Gulf War: Initiatives by Teachers in Japan

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations (IATEFL, TESOL…)

  • Appeals: (1) Soviet peace educators visit to Japan (2) Vietnam textbook donation

  • What is Applied Linguistics? A Personal View by Francisco Gomes de Matos

  • Buying a Life for 700 Yen by Koichiro Taniyama (English speech contest winner)

  • Special feature: Classroom Activities on Global Awareness and Human Rights

    • Globingo: An EFL Game for Global Awareness (Kip Cates)

    • EFL Reading & Discussion Lesson about Amnesty International (Steve Brown)

  • Profiles of Key Global Education Organizations: 

    • Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)

    • Minority Rights Group (MRG)

  • News, events and initiatives from the American Forum for Global Education

  • Global education information and resources from network members

  • AET list of environmental & human rights organizations in Japan (Carl Hildebrand)

  • Featured Book Review: Picturecology (JEE 1991) reviewed by Chris Summerville

  • Resources from Julian Bamford: Teaching about hunger, Tokyo Green Walk…

  • New language teaching textbooks that deal with global issues

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

This is the third issue of our quarterly “Global Issues in Language Education Network” Newsletter, following Issue #1 in April and #2 in July (back issues available on request). Special thanks are due to all those who took the time to contribute news and information. Comments from readers have so far been favorable, indicating that the newsletter is helping to fill a perceived need of language teachers in Japan for information relating to language teaching, global education, social responsibility and global issues. As always, we hope you enjoy reading this issue and warmly welcome any comments or suggestions. 


Special features of this issue are:                                                            

  • Proposal to form a JALT “Global Issues” Special Interest Group

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

    • Conference Report: Global issue presentations at IATEFL 1990 (Dublin)

    • Conference Report: Global issue presentations at TESOL 1990 (San Francisco)

    • Report: Global education news from JALT

  • How Green is our TEFL (Appeal for an environmental EFL network) by John Simpson

  • Global education information and resources from network members

  • Global issues / global education notice board (upcoming events)

  • Global education summer events: Asia Study Tour, Environmental Homestays…

  • Featured EFL Book Report: Green World (reviewed by Colleen Jaques)

  • Report: World Summit for Children (by Lori Zenuk-Nishide)

  • Overview and Update: Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

Welcome to the first issue of the “Global Issues in Language Education Network” Newsletter! The purpose of the newsletter is to:

  1. report on news in Japan and abroad concerning language teaching, global issues and the field of global education

  2. provide a forum for sharing ideas and materials among language teachers in Japan and abroad

  3. promote the integration of global awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes into foreign language teaching

 

This first newsletter is a test of the network system. It’s a modest first edition, put together in a bit of a hurry, with the aim of letting people know that the “Global Issues in Language Education Network” is functioning and now off the ground. Though I’ve taken the liberty of putting together this first edition on my own, this is really your newsletter. To be relevant, exciting and meaningful, future issues will depend on your active contribution of news, articles and ideas, and your active participation in writing and editing.


Special features of this issue are:                                                            

  • Welcome message

  • Definitions: “Global Issues” and “Global Education”

  • The Global Issues in Language Education Network: Name, status, projects, scope

  • The Global Issues Newsletter: Name, size, frequency, printing, content, format

  • News from the field of global education and language teaching

    • International news: Abstracts of articles in international ELT journals

    • Report: Global education news from TESOL and JALT

    • National news: Global education news in Japan

    • Global education proposals for JALT 1990 Conference

  • Special Feature: Environmental Teaching for Earth Day

  • Coming Events: May 1990 Passe-partout Development Education Drama Tour 

 September heralds the start of the fall semester and new courses to teach. For foreign language instructors involved in global education, such courses present an opportunity to help their students improve their language proficiency while giving them the chance to learn about the world and contribute to solving its problems. This issue of the Global Issues Newsletter is packed with conference reports, teaching ideas and book reviews and has been put together to help with this task. Happy reading and good luck with your fall teaching! 


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • Announcements: Japan visit of Vietnamese educators / East Timor speaker

  • Summaries of global education articles in language teaching journals

  • Conference preview: Global education presentations at JALT'93 (Omiya, Japan)

  • Proposal: Environmental Actions for Language Teachers by Kevin Staff

  • Conference Report: 1993 TESOL Conference (Atlanta, USA)

  • Conflict Resolution and ESL: TESOL Day at the Carter Center by Anne Martin

  • Teaching Peace Education by Robert Sears (Hiroshima CIR)

  • Organization Profile: Women in TEFL (founded 1986 in the UK)

  • EFL Comment: War, Peace & EFL in Bosnia / English for Military Purposes

  • Earth Friendly English Lessons by Tilly Warren & Leslie Riggs

  • International Education: What is it? by Lorraine Miller-Nara

  • Book Profiles: Language Teaching, Linguistics and Global Issues

  • Book Reviews: The Green Classroom / Managing Planet Earth

  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issues

  • Global education materials available from the Global Issues Network

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

Apologies to all! It’s been six months since the last Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter appeared back in September 1992. Since then, two trips to Korea, the hosting of two German applied linguists/peace educators to Japan, the annual conference of the Japan Association for Language Teachers (JALT) and three months work guest editing a special issue of JALT’s magazine The Language Teacher on “Global Education” for May 1993 have all kept me tied up until now. Here, finally, is Issue #10 of our Global Issues Newsletter – packed as usual with news of global issues and global education in foreign language teaching. Despite the delay with this issue, all members should rest assured that their subscriptions will ensure them 4 complete issues of our quarterly Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter. Happy reading! 


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • Announcements: Fukui Hunger Banquet, IIPE’93, Passepartout, YMCA

  •  Articles on global education themes from language teaching journals

  • Japan news item: Student fluent in English claims abuse from school, classmates

  • GILE SIG Reports: 2nd N-SIG Conference (Osaka) / 1992 Display & Sales Report

  • Recent JALT chapter presentations on global issue themes

  • Conference report: JALT’92 presentations on global themes (Part 1)

  • Special Feature: The Ecological Campus

    •  Article: The Campus and the Biosphere by David Orr

    • Special insert: Environmental Language Teaching Questionnaire (Ron Murphy)

  • Global Education Profile: Michele le Roux    (British Council, Tokyo)

  • Article: Teaching content through video by Jane Revell

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

  • Article: Teaching about World War II: A Letter from Australia by Jack Cassidy

  • Who’s Doing What?      Initiatives and activities of GILE members

  • Featured Book Review: Environmental EFL Textbooks in Japan by Gerry Kuhn

  • Special Feature: The Earth Day Green Pledge

  • New language teaching textbooks dealing with global issues

  • Global education materials available from the Global Issues Network

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

With the school year off to a good start in the April cherry blossom season and both teachers and students in Japan rested up over the May Golden Week holidays, now is a good time to return refreshed to the classroom with ideas and activities for promoting international understanding, global perspectives and a commitment to work to solve world problems. 


Special features of this issue are:    
                                                       

  • Visit of German Peace Educators to Japan / EFL Environmental Pledge

  • Proposed Global Issues English Textbook: Call for Contributions

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Global ed news from EFL organizations / Appeal for global issue songs & movies

  • Conference report: TESOL’92 (Vancouver, Canada)

  • Special Report: Global Education in Canada (CIC, PAGE, Green Teacher)

  • Native Rights: A Role Play for Unlearning Indian Stereotypes by Jane Califf

  • Roundtable: Views on Global Education (Church World Service)

  • ELT Course Design: Talking About Foreign Countries by Charles McHugh

  • 1992 Global Education Conference: Educating in a Multicultural World (USA)

  • Book Profiles: Seeing History from New Perspectives (4 titles)

  • News from Moscow: Valentina Mitina Moscow Winter Appeal

  • Announcement: 1992 International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) in Tokyo

  • GILE network members information sharing: Events, initiatives, resources

  • New language teaching textbooks that deal with global issues

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network      

September and it’s back to school! How was your summer? I went to Hungary for a conference and got caught in Moscow during the attempted coup d’etat on the way home. This issue is full of information. I hope it inspires you for an exciting fall semester of global education. 


Special features of this issue are:                                                                

  • Announcement: “Global Issues” becomes a JALT National Special Interest Group

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Kagawa Teacher Donates EFL Game Income to UNICEF (from Rainer Sandrock)

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

  • Global education presentations at JALT'91 Conference    (Kobe, Japan)

  • United Nations Resources for TESOL by Darlene Larson & Sylvia Mulling

  • Report: Global Issues and TESOL’91 (TESOL Day at the UN) by Kevin Staff

  • Publications from the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR, Denver)

  • Featured Book Review: Peace through Language Teaching (Ed. Albert Raasch)

  • Textbook Profile: English Through Nature – An ESL Guide for Kids (Duane Dorne)

  • Global issue information, resources and appeals from GILE network members

  • TESOL Newsletter Article: Human Rights Education and Action by Jan Peterson

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

Greetings to everyone as we begin 1991 with the fourth issue of our quarterly “Global Issues in Language Education Network” Newsletter. The years promises to be a challenge for all of us involved in global education, with our world facing global issues such as war in the Middle East, oppression and social injustice, a widening gap between the world’s rich and poor, and continuing environmental destruction. Effective solutions to these problems will require accurate information, global awareness, critical thinking, communication skills, and commitment leading to socially responsible action. Good luck!! 


Special features of this issue are:                                                            

  • Report: State of the “Global Issues in Language Education Network ” (January 1991)

  • Update on the Proposed JALT “Global Issues” Special Interest Group

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations (IATEFL, TESOL…)

  • Conference Report: Global education presentations at JALT'90 (Omiya, Japan)

  • Taipei American School’s “Global Awareness Week” in Taiwan by Arlene Orensky

  • A Hippocratic Oath for Teachers? by Sue Kocher

  • Featured Book Reports:

    • UNESCO Yearbook on Peace & Conflict Studies (reviewed by F. de Matos)

    • Earth Education: A New Beginning (reviewed by Kris Stephens)

  • Give Charity a Chance (Japan newspaper article sent in by Julian Bamford)

  • Global education information and resources from network members

  • Coming Events Calendar / Global Issues in Language Education Network

The first issue of this quarterly “Global Issues in Language Education Network” Newsletter was published in April 1990. Although it was a rough one-man show put together in a hurry, it received a good response and seemed to fill a perceived need of language teachers in Japan for information relating to language teaching, global education, social responsibility and global issues. (Issue #1 is still available on request). This second newsletter issue, though still rather modest, is more of a team production, with contributions from a number of globally-minded language teachers from around Japan. Please enjoy reading it and send along any comments or suggestions for improvement. 

 

 

Special features of this issue are:

  • Report: State of the “Global Issues in Language Education” Network

  • Summaries of articles on global education themes in language teaching journals

  • Global education news from language teaching organizations

    • Report: Global issues at AILA 1990 conference (Greece) / TESOL Initiatives

    • Report: Global education news from JALT

  • Information on Recycled Paper by Kip Cates & Julian Bamford

  • Call for Action to EFL Teachers: World Summit for Children by Lori Zenuk-Nishide

  • Network members’ information and resource sharing section

  • Featured Book Reports:

    • State of the World’s Children (reviewed by Kristin Blalack)

    • Environmental Texts for English Students    (Daily Yomiuri Article)

  • Update: October 1990 Passepartout Development Education Drama Tour in Japan

  • Global Issues in Language Education Network Newsletter: Aims, format, contributions

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