Sessions / Global Issues in Language Education (GILE)
This is the annual general meeting for the Global Issues in Language Education SIG. We will give an update of what has happened over the last year and hold elections to fill officer positions. Come join us if you are already a member or thinking of joining. New ideas and perspectives are always welcome!
Peace is harmony attained by working productively with conflicting perspectives. In this lively plenary, Rebecca Oxford focuses on the natural harmony between teaching language and teaching peace. Both focus on helping people develop necessary communicative competence, and both promote cooperation and understanding across cultures and groups. Using her Language of Peace Approach and describing peace activities for the classroom (onsite or online), Rebecca takes us to the heart of peacebuilding in language education.
Thinking holistically about our students’ experiences as not just language learning, this presentation will report on a survey conducted at progressive liberal university which asked students to explain their feelings about equity and accessibility on campus. With a focus on the results regarding mental health concerns, we explain potential solutions for universities broadly and English educators in particular to help meet our students’ needs and build stronger teaching and learning communities.
The continued proliferation of English worldwide has seen it permeate many aspects of local media and pop culture, resulting in a vibrant global community constructed through multiple local voices. This study reports on interviews with Korean participants that highlight the need for more nuanced understanding of how English learners are enacting themselves in the contemporary cosmopolitan world, which can lead to a broader more dynamic perspective on a global community.
In order to develop learner interest in global issues, one university English reading class syllabus was compiled based on a simplified version of a Model United Nations. Learners researched issues related to assigned countries, shared these with peers, and crafted resolutions. Techniques used, such as language input, negotiation skills, and feedback, will be demonstrated in this presentation. Such an approach allows learners to focus on the global community while working on English skills and negotiation.
This presentation will report findings from data of 473 Japanese university students regarding their knowledge of, and attitude towards, varieties of English. The current study follows precursor research which indicated that Japanese tertiary students are increasingly open towards forms of English not considered to be part of the “inner circle” (Kachru, 1985). Results indicated that students place a high value on the potential to obtain cultural knowledge and understanding as part of their English curriculum.
Rebecca Oxford and Matilde Olivero invite language educators to see themselves and their students as potential peacebuilders. The workshop involves short, dynamic activities that enhance language and peace competencies simultaneously. These activities are related to the Language of Peace Approach, positive psychology, social and emotional learning (SEL), and “21st Century Skills,” such as communication, collaboration, creativity, cultural understanding, critical thinking, and commitment. Participants receive a link to abundant materials, information, and contacts for possible collaboration.
Non-native speaker teachers need to be able market themselves better. Marcel Proust, a French novelist said, “When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” Working hard is important but simultaneously, non-native teachers need to know how to effectively invest their time. In this presentation, the presenters will explore practical ideas to help non-native teachers compete in the TESOL market.
Are important global issues, like climate change or health, falling on deaf ears in your university EFL classes? Language education for sustainable development (LESD) can be a valuable tool for you. The presenters will discuss the results of case study research exploring the use of LESD in EFL classes and share practical ways of how LESD principles and tools can be implemented to add meaningful value for your students.
The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution 72/130, declared May 16 the International Day of Living Together in Peace in 2018. Learning: the treasure within; report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century also indicated “Learning to Live Together.” This workshop focuses on how to promote such learning through foreign language classes.
Providing interactive communication opportunities to EFL learners with a native English speaking teacher (NEST) has been difficult in many areas throughout Asia until the recent migration to online learning has presented greater opportunities for interactive communication. This presentation provides the framework and results of a course for developing intercultural communications conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown and discusses how the NEST guided students to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings on various conversational topics.
GILE SIG Forum #268
For the 14th successive year, the Global Issues SIG forum is an idea-sharing session open to all interested people. This well-received session linked to global issues and international understanding will feature classroom teachers’ mini-reports, and innovative ideas on teaching activities, materials writing, and curriculum design. Handouts, lesson plans, and teaching resources will be available to peruse or take. Come join our unique session, learn new teaching approaches, and share your ideas. Open to all!