Global Challenges in the 21st Century in Promoting Active Citizenship and Civic Education
This course focuses on the main challenges of the 21st century in promoting civic education and active citizenship in a global world. The course contains four modules, and the instructor is free to select those which are more relevant for his/her students in any appropriate order. The different modules deal with topics such as: citizenship, globalization, social justice and cohesion, conflicting values in a democratic state, migration societies, linguistic minorities and civic education in EGL (English as a Global Language),
Over the past century, the English language has become a global language. A development which has influenced the role that English has come to play in a globalising world. English no longer is a specific national language but has transformed to a multi-national and multicultural one.
In order to contribute to the education of world, one of the ultimate goals of foreign language education should be in teaching students to become more critical about their role in the world, and about how to build empathy and positive relationships with others. Therefore, it is important that EFL lessons integrate global citizenship knowledge, skills, and attitude thereby enhancing students’ development of global citizenship skills and values.
To raise the awareness in
language education to global citizenship knowledge, skills, values and
To make students more critical
about their role in the world, and about how to build empathy and positive
relationships with others.
To use civic and global themes
as a means of student engagement and participation in English language