ERIC Number: ED412769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Presenting Global Issues to Advanced Learners.
One college instructor's methods of incorporating global issues into advanced classes of English as a Second Language are described. The objectives are to enable students to identify, access, organize, interpret, and respond to information about world affairs in print and non-print forms from diverse sources, and to enable them further to analyze the stories for their separate messages. It is argued that while students may have varying amounts of background knowledge, the clustering of issues and provision of handouts allows for building background information within the class. The concepts of news recognition and news recall are discussed. Rationales for selecting videos are examined, and specific video segments (not included here) on a variety of topics from around the world are reviewed for their instructional value. Use of a checklist for evaluating video segments in the classroom is proposed, and types of issues (procedural, substantive, conceptual, values) students might address in discussing news segments are considered. Use of brainstorming as a classroom discussion technique is also examined, and lessons learned from teaching global issues are noted. Appended materials include a handout listing global issues for discussion and a list of questions to consider in selecting instructional materials. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Brainstorming, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, News Media, Second Language Instruction, Videotape Recordings, World Affairs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (31st, Orlando, FL, March 11-15, 1997). Small print on passage regarding handouts.