2021-present
Newsletter Archives

    Happy New Year to all our GILE readers in Japan and around the world! Our first newsletter of 2022 contains: (1) an article by Hitomi Sakamoto about an iEARN project that had university students help Japanese schoolchildren design an English video for a global exhibition, (2) an article by Jason Pratt on teaching about Afghanistan with info on an Afghan support group that his students set up, and (3) an article by Yoshimi Ochiai on how to help students think critically about unconscious bias and EFL textbook images. Our special feature is a review of 2021 and a preview of events for the coming year. This issue also includes a summary of last fall’s JALT 2021 conference, a report on JACET 2021, global calendars for 2022, books on digital citizenship and the Winter Olympics plus a round-up of all the latest global education news. Best wishes for a great spring!

    Our summer 2021 newsletter comes out at the start of Japan’s o-bon holiday, just after the end of the Tokyo Olympics. This issue features: (1) a description by Greg Goodmacher of how he uses maps in his college classroom to raise students’ global awareness, (2) an essay by John Spiri on the need for language teachers and learners to resist the lure of polarized thinking, (3) a report by Richard Miller and Saul Takahashi on online academic exchanges that they arranged between students in Japan, Burundi and Palestine, and (4) an article by Brent Simmonds on ways to teach about this fall’s International Day of the Girl Child (October 11th). Also included are reports on the 2021 Pan-SIG and Shin-Eiken conferences, two special features (Teaching about the 2020 Olympics and Teaching about Maps and Geography) plus a round-up of all the latest global education news.

    Happy New Year to all our GILE readers in Japan and around the world! Our first newsletter of 2021 features: (1) an essay and appeal by Alan Maley on global issues, human nature and our tasks as teachers, (2) a review by Gillian Pelton-Saito of a US documentary on the multi-racial reality of US schools, (3) an article by Paul Capobianco on the need to prepare graduate students for a globalized world and (4) an article by Margalit Faden on teaching about justice systems. Also included is a special feature on the impact of the Trump Era on language, education, students and schools, a report on last fall’s JALT 2020 online conference, a preview of key events for the coming year, a list of global calendars for 2021 and a round-up of all the latest global education news.

    Happy Halloween! Welcome to our fall 2021 GILE Newsletter! This issue contains: (1) a feature article by Tamara Swenson that outlines a content-based unit she designed at Osaka Jogakuin University in which Japanese students research, discuss and select nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, (2) a description by Keith Hoy about how he engages Japanese and foreign students in thinking about education in Japan, then comparing the international rankings of education systems in different nations, and (3) an insider report by GILE Treasurer Anthony Torbert about his experience of working as a volunteer for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo this summer. This edition also includes a preview of global issue sessions at the upcoming JALT 2021 conference, a master list of Nobel Peace Prize winners, resources for learning – and teaching – about volunteering and the Nobel Peace Prize and a round-up of recent global education news. Best wishes for a great fall semester!

   Our spring 2021 newsletter coincides with Japan’s cherry blossom season. It features: (1) a description by Risa Ikeda and Gretchen Jude of an EFL lecture that teaches Black history through music, (2) a report by Hitomi Sakamoto on teaching the Paralympics to children and (3) an article by Judith Kambara about a university EFL course she designed around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Michele Steele, an active GILE SIG member, passed away in December 2020. As a tribute to her, we reprint here an EFL article she wrote about whistleblowers. Also included is a report on the recent TESOL 2021 conference, a special feature on Asian youth activists and lots of global education news.

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