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Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

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Articles on ESL/EFL and Global Issues

Here is a collection of articles related to integrating global issues and activism into ESL/EFL classes. Click on the article titles to be taken to the article, the journal name for the journal’s homepage, and the issue/volume to see that particular issue. For many of these articles, I’ve excerpted my favorite parts.

I also have a collection of interesting ESL articles that don’t deal with global issues.

If you’d like to suggest other articles, please email me or post a comment below.


Anderson, Gregory G. (1996) Global issues in the university ESL classroom. The Language Teacher, 20(11), 20-25. (excerpts)

Brown, H. Douglas. (2004) Some practical thoughts about student-sensitive critical pedagogy. The Language Teacher, 28(7). (excerpts)

Brown, H. Douglas. (1997) The place of moral and political issues in language pedagogy. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, 7, 21-33.

Brown, H. Douglas. (1995) Teaching global interdependence as a subversive activity. Global Issues in Language Education, 20, 12-14.

Cates, Kip. (2004) Becoming a global teacher: Ten steps to an international classroom. The Language Teacher, 28(7), 31-35.

Cates, Kip. (1997) Frequently asked questions about global issues. The Language Teacher, 21(4).

Cates, Kip. (1995) Teaching about War and Peace. Global Issues in Language Education, 19, 12-13. (excerpts)

Cooney, Barbara L. (2003) Peace Studies in EFL: World War II Revisited. The Language Teacher, 27(3).

Coyle, Wendy & Amy Davis. (2012) Greening the L2 Classroom: Linking TESOL and the Environment. TESOL Connections. July 2012.

Dyer, Brenda & Brenda Bushnell. (1996) World Issues or A Global Perspective? The Language Teacher, 20(11).

Ghosn, Irma-Kaarina. (2003) Socially responsible language teaching using literature. The Language Teacher, 27(3).

Hronopoulos, S. (2005) Some considerations for designing activism-related materials. TESOL MWIS Newsletter, 18(2). (excerpts)

Hronopoulos, S. (2004) Environmental lessons served with indigenous spice and a twist of innovation. presented at the 17th Educational Conference Adelaide. (excerpts)

Jacobs, George M. (2004) Extending the circle of compassion to include nonhuman animals: The case of the use of who as seen in grammars, dictionaries, and style guides. Language & Ecology, 1(4).

Jacobs, George M. & Thomas S. C. Farrell. (2001) Paradigm shift: Understanding and implementing change in second language education. TESL-EJ, 5(1). (excerpt)

Jacobs, George M. & Kip Cates. (1999) Global education in language teaching. KATA, 1(1), 44-56.

Jacobs, George M. (1995) Developing materials with an environmental focus. In A. C. Hidalgo, D. Hall, & G. M. Jacobs (Eds.) Getting started: Materials writers on materials writing. pp. 269-279. Singapore: SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

McInnis, Donna J. (1996) An Interview with Johan Galtung. The Language Teacher, 20(11).

McMahill, Cheiron & Andrew Barfield. (1996) Teacher and Learner Development: A Curriculum of Change. The Language Teacher, 20(11).

Miller, Susan L. (1996) An AIDS Project. The Language Teacher, 20(11).

Peaty, David. (2004) Global Issues in EFL: Education or Indoctrination? The Language Teacher, 28(8), 15-18. (excerpts)

Royal, D. (2008) & Davis K. Greening an Intensive English Programme. IATEFL GISIG Newsletter, 22, 18-21.

Royal, D. (2007). Global Issues, Everyday Actions. Global Issues in Language Education, 65, 15-17.

Sargent, T. (2004) Advocacy-oriented global education in TLT special issues. The Language Teacher, 28(2), 9-13. (excerpts)

Small, John. (2003) The potential of language education: A global issues perspective. The Language Teacher, 27(3), 9-13. (excerpts)

Taylor, Howard Eugene. (1997) Practical Suggestions for Teaching Global Education. ERIC Digest.

Yamashiro, Amy D. (1996) Integrating Global Issues into High School EFL. The Language Teacher, 20(11).

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  • 1 Josephine // Jun 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for this post – as a teacher I’m always interested in new perspectives on teaching and will have to give these a read… though there are so many it might take some time 😉

  • 2 G.Sandhiyadevi // Jul 21, 2016 at 1:38 am

    It is very useful . Keep publishing such worthy content

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