ESL etc.

Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

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ESL and Global Issues Email Lists

IATEFL’s global issues SIG has a Yahoo email group (with files) that you can join without being a paying member.

KOTESOL’s global issues SIG also has a Yahoo email group that you can join without being a paying member.

World 727 is a global education email list moderated by Professor Merry Merryfield. To join, send her an email at She also oversees, a website with tons of global education resources.

Larry Ferlazzo has a great website full of resources for ESL / social studies teachers. His blog (to which you can subscribe via email) is updated daily with new links, and he also offers a monthly top ten newsletter.

ELT Dogme is a stripped down, learner-centered approach that tries to use the language that the learners themselves bring into the room as the primary material. They stress the importance of content being relevant to students.

Ning isn’t an email list, but it is a site that allows users to create social networks. Each network is made up of individual pages, along with forums, group blogs and file libraries. I have joined two networks: IATEFL’s Global Issues Social Network and EFL Classroom 2.0. Both offer materials, links to resources and lots of discussion.

TESL-L – The main list has over 30,000 subscribers. There are also sublists dedicated to CALL, IEPs, jobs, young learners and ESP. Archives of each list are also available to subscribers. Full disclosure: I don’t subscribe to this one.

For more on ESL / global education professional organizations, please click here.


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Corina // Apr 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Just asking all educators who could be interested in social issues to speak about CHILD SLAVERY when talking about it instead of saying CHILD LABOR. As language teachers, we know that when language is manipulated, our minds are ultimately manipulated too. Please, let’s be careful about our vocabulary, sometimes without meaning to, we end up using words which mean the opposite to what we want to say or just talk all the time about consequences (eg. environmental issues most of the time) instead of causes. Hugs

  • 2 Nkwetisama Carlous Muluh // Aug 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Envronmental education issues can be extremely rich subject matters of communication in content-based language teaching classrooms.

  • 3 Carlous Muluh Nkwetisam // Nov 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Very happy to have been included on this very list. A better world for the future is my passion.

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