33rd National Conference for Teachers of English
Developing Global Competence in the English Classroom
Much has been said about the need to develop global competence in the classroom. Chances are that your school’s curricula already demands it. But what does it really mean? How do we do it? We all know that our students have the opportunity and the challenge of living in a diverse and rapidly changing world. In the future, they will be working in jobs that do not exist today. Given this scenario, they will be better off if they learn early on how to be globally competent individuals.
We understand global competence as the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global importance. It is not an independent subject matter, but rather a skill set that embeds itself in all disciplines. Globally competent individuals are aware, curious and interested in learning about the world and how it works; they recognize their own perspective and that of others; they are able to communicate effectively with different audiences and are willing to take action in global issues.
As English teachers, we are already supporting our students by facilitating the learning of the lingua franca to communicate without barriers. But we need to go beyond teaching English in our classrooms. As 21st century educators, we need to foster critical thinking, cross-cultural skills, creativity, innovation and cooperation in our classrooms. By doing so, we will be preparing our students to successfully navigate this global world.
We invite you to be part of this 3-day conference to discuss and reflect on best practices to develop global competence in your classroom. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from and share with a community of global colleagues, committed to be the champions of tomorrow’s leaders. You too, be the champion your students need and deserve!