Global Issues in the EFL Classroom

Professor Kip Cates from Tottori University gives a workshop on “Methods for Introducing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom” at Kochi University. kips

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Methods for Introducing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom by Kip Cates, Tottori University, President of JALT’s Global Issues in Language Education SIG. This workshop/presentation will offer effective methods for integrating global issues into language teaching, and for adapting global education materials to the needs of learners with different levels and curriculum and content objectives. This Earth Day event will be useful for both high school and university educators looking for practical classroom applications of global issues materials.
Saturday April 22, 14:00 – 16:30; Kochi University, 5th Floor Conference Room, Humanities Building; one-day members 500 yen.
Methods for Introducing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom by Kip Cates, Tottori University, President of JALT’s Global Issues in Language Education SIG. This workshop/presentation will offer effective methods for integrating global issues into language teaching, and for adapting global education materials to the needs of learners with different levels and curriculum and content objectives. This Earth Day event will be useful for both high school and university educators looking for practical classroom applications of global issues materials.
Saturday April 22, 14:00 – 16:30; Kochi University, 5th Floor Conference Room, Humanities Building; one-day members 500 yen.
You can find a campus map here and a map showing the Asakura campus location here.
If you have any suggestions for presentation themes or locations, please leave us a comment on our comments page.
Dear East Shikoku JALT members,
The April event for our local JALT chapter has been confirmed. Professor Kip Cates from Tottori University will give a workshop on “Methods for Introducing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom” on April 22 at Kochi University (Humanities Building, 5th Floor Conference Room). Time: 2:00-4:30 p.m. In addition to Kip’s workshop, other local speakers will give shorter presentations on how they incorporate Global Issues in their classrooms.We look forward to welcoming as many members and guests as possible for the event, so please do spread the word and please fix Saturday, April 22nd in your calendar.
Main Workshop:
This workshop will offer effective methods for integrating global issues into language teaching. Kip will suggest how materials with a focus on global education can be adapted to meet the specific needs of different groups of learners depending on level, and curriculum and content objectives. This workshop should prove useful for both high school and university educators looking for practical classroom applications of global issues materials. Add this workshop to your April 22 Earth Day itinerary, as Kip is sure to include environmental issues in his presentation. For more details, please check out our new page:
http://esjalt.org
Kip Cates Profile:
Kip is President of the JALT’s Global Issues in Language Education SIG and teaches courses on Global Education and Language Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University in Tokyo, and is well known to our local high school teachers. He presented a highly regarded keynote lecture at the Kochi zen-eiren conference in 2001 and has been instrumental in helping develop the Global Education curriculum at Kochi Nishi High School. He is an excellent presenter and very passionate about Global Education and language teaching.
Presentations:
Three local speakers will also present under the conference theme of “Methods for Introducing Global Issues in the EFL Classroom”. Kazuyo Yamane, a lecturer at Kochi University and a PhD candidate from the University of Bradford in England will give a paper entitled “International Exchange Project: Australian and Japanese University Students’ Discussion of Global Issues Via Email”. Darren Lingley, from Kochi University, will present on “Mining Authentic Texts: Integrating Global Education Content and Language Learning Aims using Commencement Speeches”. Fuki Tani, from Kochi Nishi High School, will share her wealth of experience in teaching the new Global Education course in her presentation “Teaching the New Global Education Course in the SELHi Context: High School English Curriculum Development”.
Evening programme:
We are planning an informal dinner with Kip on the Saturday evening (place and time to be announced). Everyone is welcome.
Kagawa and Tokushima members:
For those coming from Kagawa or Tokushima, the easiest way to get here is to take the train to Kochi station and then do a very short transfer to Asakura station which is just in front of Kochi University. We can easily arrange to have someone meet you at either station if needed. Feel free to contact me at lingley@cc.kochi-u.ac.jp if you need help or have any questions about the April event. If you are driving, the most convenient exit is the Ino exit on the expressway (after the Kochi exit). Why not make it a weekend event and join us for dinner and drinks on Staurday evening?
Please check out the following site (in English) for access information:
http://www-en.kochi-u.ac.jp/misc/location/location_map.pdf
A Japanese access map can be found on the Kochi University home page:
http://www.kochi-u.ac.jp/JA/
For those of you who don’t know your way around the Kochi University campus, please use the map link below. The event will be held in the Jimbun Gakubu Building (Humanities Building) which is #2 below. (5th floor)
You can find a campus map here and a map showing the Asakura campus location here.
Support East Shikoku JALT
Our organization has lots to offer to local teachers. We ask that you support East Shikoku JALT by regularly coming out to the meetings and encouraging others to come (friends, teachers, and all interested in language education). It would be especially nice to have a larger Japanese presence at our chapter meetings (though this is certainly improving) as well as support from teachers working in language schools and as ALT’s in the public schools. Please do encourage colleagues, friends and teachers from all walks to come along. It’s a very good chance for professional development and improving English teaching in our local area – such a big part of teaching is sharing ideas and providing professional support for each other and that’s what East Shikoku JALT is trying to do. The more local support we get, the easier it is to bring in renowned speakers like Kip Cates. We think joining JALT provides teachers with many benefits (monthly TLT magazine filled with ideas and info, the JALT Journal, academic support for local teachers wishing to present their research and teaching methodologies, job information and professional development support) so please encourage friends to join JALT. However, just by coming out to support the local events is a big help and that’s fine too. We ask that all members share information on upcoming events in their respective educational circles – this so called “kuchi komi” is perhaps the best way to inform other teachers about our events. To attend a chapter event as a day-member is only 500 yen.
Upcoming ES JALT Events:
As part of our effort to widen the scope of East Shikoku JALT in 2006, we are preparing to hold a workshop on Teaching Children/Young Learners to be held in Tokushima at Naruto Education University in late June. We hope to announce the exact dates and invited speakers during the April 22 meeting. Please let me know if you would like to present at the June event.
Best regards,
Darren Lingley
East Shikoku JALT

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