Katherine Stannett is an author with over twenty years of experience. She spent several years in Japan in the 1990s, teaching English to a wide variety of students in many different settings. She is the co-author of the several successful secondary series and has also written articles, songs and raps for many popular EFL magazines. Most recently, she has written two levels of the new National Geographic Middle School series, ‘Impact’ and one level of the new National Geographic Primary series, ‘Look’. She has given presentations and run workshops in many countries around the world, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Honduras, Brazil, Spain and Slovenia and also conducts webinars from her home office in the UK.
Teaching our Students to be Global Citizens by Nat Geo
Our students today have unparalleled access to information about the world. At the click of a button they can see photos, read texts and watch videos about places and people all around the globe. But access to information is not the same as knowledge and understanding. As language teachers, we have a responsibility to teach our students not only how to understand the words they see and hear, but also how to interpret the meaning behind these words. Our classroom should be a place from which students feel confident enough to explore the world, discovering its fascinating diversity but also its shared values.
In this plenary session, I will be looking at some of the key topics we cover in the classroom and sharing some ideas on how we can use these topics as a starting point from which to explore the world. I’ll talk about using real people as role models and give examples of how we can set achievable tasks, not just for language learning, but also in terms of developing our students’ sense of social responsibility and civic virtue. I’ll show how, with amazing true facts and awe-inspiring photos of the world, we can inspire our students to become caring and ethical global citizens