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ERIC Number: ED422736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Environment Education.
Bushell, Brenda
Rationale and techniques for incorporating global environmental education into second language instruction are discussed. The approach suggested combines infusion of environmental issues into the curriculum and presentation of a global perspective on environmental problems and their solutions. Six concepts of global education are outlined: perspective consciousness; state of planet awareness; global interdependence; awareness of choice; self-esteem; and process mindedness. The language teacher's role and responsibility in teaching environmental issues is also examined. Finally, a language class project focusing on the environment is described. In the five-week project, high-intermediate to advanced second language students read two generic articles from an annual environment publication, extracted information, discussed pertinent issues, took quizzes and tests to test their comprehension, and wrote essays. Students conducted primary research on a variety of related topics, including eco-tourism, the greenhouse effect, the urban homeless, and a green business. A classroom environmental summit was also conducted. Project results, in terms of student learning, performance, and motivation, were encouraging. (Contains three references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (23rd, Hamamatsu, Japan, October 9-12, 1997).