The National Conference for Teachers of English is a joint initiative of  the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Office, the Ministry of Public Education, and the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano organization in Costa Rica. In 2018, the conference entered its thirty-third year, and English Language Fellow Trenton Hagar delivered a workshop to support. Hagar’s training aimed at helping teachers promote global competence, including linguistic and sociolinguistic competence, through engaging students in the development of personal, community, and global cultural awareness. This workshop discussed activities teachers can utilize to engage the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students require to be successful in the 21st century EFL classroom and lead students beyond a superficial understanding of global competence. These concepts are not always new to English teachers, but applying them in an EFL class can be. “I’ve heard of this but it seemed overwhelming to me…I feel better about using this with my students now,” as one participant said.
 
Due to the growing importance and usage of English in a globalized world, the demands on English teachers are ever-increasing. Teachers are now being called on to promote global competence—the ability to appropriately and effectively communicate and interact with others—within students. The significance of the workshop came in that it will help teachers build their students’ understanding of global competence at levels appropriate to their growing cultural awareness.

Related Stories

Fellow Elizabeth Plummer Makes an Impact as an Educational Technology Trainer in South Africa

Based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, English Language Fellow Elizabeth Plummer supports teacher professional development in technology at University of Witwatersrand’s Hub for Multilingual Languages and Literacies (HuMEL). Discover Plummer’s life as a Fellow as she manages a language laboratory, leads professional programs for local teachers, and mentors student researchers conducting projects in…

Fellow Bret Vlazny Fosters English as Diplomacy in Ramallah, West Bank

Based in Ramallah, West Bank, English Language Fellow Bret Vlazny is a cultural ambassador and visiting lecturer at Al-Quds Open University. Vlazny's placement has taken him throughout the region visiting university branches from Jenin to Hebron. Discover Vlazny's life as a Fellow as he introduces strategies for integrating classroom technology, delivers blended learning training for…

Follow Us on Twitter

@ELPrograms

Embrace the open road and apply to be an English Language Fellow! The application is now open for the 2020-2021 cyc… https://t.co/DfcQAGd89b

1 day ago