We live in a world that has become an increasingly complex web of connections and interdependencies. Our young learners need to be ready to thrive in that environment, and tangible skills such as language proficiency are obviously critical to their success. But language skills are just one part of the whole picture. To be productive global citizens, students need other less tangible skills, like greater sensitivity to cultural differences, openness to new and different ideas, and the ability to adapt to change. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of bringing the world to the classroom to help children become aware of the wider world and of their role as global citizens and offer practical ideas and classroom tasks that teachers can use to engage young learners in the opportunities and challenges offered by a fast-changing, globalized world.
Luciana Fernández is a graduate teacher of English who has been teaching English for the past twenty-three years. She specializes in methodology and teaching practice. She holds a diploma in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge. She is a reading and literacy expert and has been training teachers for the past ten years. She has designed several presentations and courses for professional development both in Argentina and abroad. Her presentation at ARTESOL 2015 was selected to be presented at TESOL International as a Best Affiliate Session. She is one of the 50 scholarship winners who attended and presented at IATEFL, held in Birmingham in April 2016. Currently, she is a Learning Consultant and reader for National Geographic Learning. She is also a facilitator at ESSARP (English Speaking Scholastic Association of the River Plate), where she trains administrators and teachers from bilingual institutions in Argentina.