ESL etc.

Global Issues and Activism in English Language Teaching

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Journals and Article Collections

Below are some journals, newsletters and article collections that are available online. The first two lists deal with English teaching, while the others contain journals dealing more generally with teaching about global issues, social justice and environmental issues. All of them have extensive, free online archives. If you find another that you feel should be added to this list, please email me.

ESL/EFL and Global Issues

JALT has an active global issues special interest group that publishes a wonderful newsletter, edited by the prolific Kip Cates. The online archives are great.

JALT also publishes The Language Teacher, a very practical language teaching journal. I highly recommend the 2003 and 1996 issues dedicated to global issues in language teaching.


TESL-EJ – A freely-distributed fully-refereed electronic academic journal dealing with teaching English as a second or foreign language.

English Language Teacher Education and Development – An annual journal focused on the professional development of English language teachers.

Internet TESL Journal – Has a lot of articles, materials and lesson plans.

The International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching – A free on-line quarterly journal dedicated to communicating research, articles and helpful information regarding language acquisition to support language teachers.

Reading in a Foreign Language – A fully-refereed free online journal on the theory and practice of reading in a foreign language.

Language Learning & Technology – A refereed journal with extensive online archives available in PDF format.

Asian Journal of English Language Teaching – Published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, it has a good free online archive of articles.

World Journal of Education – While not restricted to English language teaching, this new, peer-reviewed journal included several articles on ESL / EFL in their first issue.

Language and Environment

George Jacobs has a number of articles on environmental education in an ESL context, along with a number of other ESL-related topics.

C. A. Bowers has a lot of great articles dealing with the greening of education and critical pedagogy.

David W. Orr has a ton of great articles on greening education, environmental education and higher education.

EcoJustice Education is an online journal that is just getting underway, cofounded by C. A. Bowers.

Language & Ecology is dedicated to research which analyzes language not only within a social context, but also within an ecological context. The main focus is on the links between discursively constructed social reality, ecological sustainability, and environmental justice.

Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy doesn’t have an explicit language focus, but a lot of what they address is relevant to content-based instruction and critical pedagogy. Their archives are freely available, but I’m not sure if they are still publishing new articles. The last issue on their website is from 2009.

Critical Education

Rethinking Schools is a great magazine with extensive archives dealing critically with education, testing and immigration.

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies is an e-journal featuring a Marxist analysis of education policy, theory and ideology.

Henry A. Giroux’s website has a great archive of articles dealing critically with education.

Alfie Kohn’s website has several articles dealing with education, standards and testing.

Stephen Krashen’s website features articles looking critically at current issues in literacy education and testing.

Social Justice

The Social Justice Newsletter is published by British Columbia’s Teacher Federation.

The Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence is a monthly newsletter focused on overcoming “the patriarchal mindset” that underlies many forms of violence.

Human Rights Education in Asian Schools is a series of books looking at the practice of human rights education in this particular context.


11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nkwetisama Carlous Muluh // Oct 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I am an English language teacher and teacher trainer. Global issues in TEFL is my current passion but my knowledge and know-how of them is very limited as if I and my student-teachers are not global citizens who are also responsible for the degradation that we are supposed to repair before handing to our children.

  • 2 Dave // Jun 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Hi Carlous, thanks for stopping by. I actually just found your article on bringing global issues into classes in Cameroon. I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

  • 3 Susan Kelly // Jun 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    What a good list. I’ll visit your site regularly.

  • 4 Nkwetisama Carlous Muluh // Aug 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I published with
    You are doing a great job by pathfinding for others.Ashia for the job. ‘Ashia’ is an expression of empathy in Cameroon English.
    I am on more research.

  • 5 nastaran // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    thanks for your giding

  • 6 elsa // Feb 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    when I almost gave up of my research, I found out the list of journal which helped me to awake. thank you very much

  • 7 Dave // Feb 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I’m glad you folks have found it useful! I’m always looking for more links to add here, so feel free to post anything I’m missing in the comments.


  • 8 Joseph // Nov 30, 2013 at 2:05 am

    This particular site paved me ways to open up my research work. Thanks.

  • 9 Michael // Sep 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    On what platform can I publish my ESL paper without having to pay for it.

  • 10 Michael // Sep 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    And how can I achieve that?

  • 11 Dave // Oct 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Michael – You shouldn’t have to pay to publish an ESL paper in any of the sites mentioned above. Another good place to start would be a newsletter for one of the special interest groups in TESOL or IATEFL. Good luck!

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