English across the Fracture Lines – British Council

Intriguing articles, including one by a former GISIG coordinator, Mike Solly. Chap. 3 on Gaza and its many aporias is co-written by a key Palestinian colleague, Dr. Nazmi Al-Masri, who remains largely confined inside the Gaza Strip as Associate Professor at the Islamic University of Gaza.

The sole contributor from Eastern Europe, Vesna Tasevska-Dudeska in Macedonia, writes on the PEP British Council project: teaching English to the military in a range of countries.

The two contributors from sub-Saharan Africa (DRC), J.T. Barabara and J.K. Walingene, deal with a topic we have addressed in GISIG discussion, namely language clubs in their country.

Daniel Xerri has a well-grounded article on teaching poetry to refugee kids in his native Malta, a very timely topic which is also relevant to GISIG foci.

Arifa Rahman from Bangladesh, writing here about the role of English in UN peacekeeping missions, will be one of our presenters at the GISIG showcase day at the IATEFL conference in Brighton.

Rosyln Appleby discusses environmental degradation and humanitarian crises, likewise a relevant topical focus inside GISIG. She presents a grounded project in Green pedagogy and centred on environmental sustainability that she taught in Australia, noting: “This is an emphatically bottom-up approach, in a world where global problems such as climate change can appear abstract, complex and confusing, and where top down government policies have been remarkably inadequate in tackling environmental degradation and consequent humanitarian crises. Our personal questions can, in this way, provide a pedagogical doorway into broader discussions about long-term change towards environmental sustainability and the importance of a healthy environment for safety, security and stability in an interdependent world”.

The book is well worth exploring, so much there to appreciate. We will thus include a more probing review in the next GISIG Newsletter.

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