Learning to speak English as a foreign language has become an essential part of a 21st century education. There are two billion people of all ages learning English around the world. These learners will use English as a tool in business and science, on the internet and in general, to improve their opportunities to have better lives.
Through our learning materials, we have a chance to teach them English, but also to reach them with content that reflects the mission and work of National Geographic. In this century, global awareness is a requirement, and we believe you can't understand the world if you don't experience it. Photography helps us to deliver the world to learners, and we use it everywhere in our materials for that reason. However, we also use it to stimulate learning. Photos inspire in a unique way. Show a learner a photograph of something amazing or beautiful or mysterious or strange or just unfamiliar but very real, and that person will want to learn about it. And when people want to learn, they do.
Curiosity is critical in the classroom and incredible photographs stimulate incredible curiosity. We look for photographs that will create awe in learners; awe and the desire to learn. We also look for photographs that will prepare learners for the real world that they will have to navigate.
Ultimately, we ask teachers and learners and everyone to simply look at our publications to see if we have achieved our objectives. Like photographs, we believe they speak for themselves. With incredible National Geographic photography and video, we can bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life.