Global Issues in Language Education College and University Education Practice-Oriented Short Workshop
Incorporating Global Issues in EFL Classrooms
The pandemic has magnified issues of social justice and inequalities both locally and globally. The language teacher who brings these issues into the classroom can inspire students to be change agents. Students benefit from these guided classroom experiences by becoming aware of marginalization both within and outside the classroom on issues such as sexism, racism, and the environment. Empowered students are able to then make informed decisions and problem-solve through critical awareness. Activities and materials created based on feminist and engaged pedagogies for an academic reading and writing class (CEFR B1-B2) will be presented. The strengths and weaknesses of these activities, their implementation, and responses from the students will be discussed to answer two questions: (1) How can teachers incorporate global issues in EFL classes? (2) How can teachers provide students with hands-on opportunities to make a positive impact in their community by reflecting on local issues?
May Kyaw Oo is a Myanmar national who is currently serving as an assistant professor at the Center for Language Studies in Nagasaki University. She completed her first MA in English literature from Assumption University in Thailand and her second MA in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests include second language (L2) writing, (L2) reading, and equity issues especially within the TESOL field. She is currently coordinating the Special Course for Academic Skills (SCAS) program.