Unit 1: Connecting global and local issues

In this module, we reflect on how local issues are connected to global issues, and what we can do as individuals to make a difference in the world as global citizens. Being a global citizen means becoming aware of cultural, social, linguistic and other forms of diversity, and simultaneously recognising that all people share common aspects of humanity. It means understanding how our local lives are interconnected with the lives of others across the globe. This module is designed to raise your awareness, understanding, and knowledge about global issues by drawing attention to local issues within your own immediate ecologies – your country,    school, and classroom – and reflecting on the ways the local is very often linked to the global. The main themes are Interconnectedness and glocal, which refers to the ways in which many issues are affected by both local and global considerations

Learning Objectives

  1. Attitudes n. 1: Allow you to learn about and reflect on global citizenship and multilingual pedagogies.
  2. Knowledge, n. 6: Reflect on your consumption habits and their consequences.
  3. Knowledge n. 3: To raise awareness of global poverty.
  4. Skills, n. 1 and n. 2: Critically reflect on the issue of representation in course books.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attitudes n. 1: Explain the concepts of global citizenship and multilingual pedagogies.
  2. Skills n. 5: Critically discuss connections between our daily lives and global consequences.
  3. Knowledge n. 3: Understand some of the causes of global poverty and inequalities.
  4. Skills n. 2: Identify biases in teaching materials.

Activities

Activity 1: Warm up
Estimated time
30 min
Learning objectives
  • To reflect on global citizenship and multilingual pedagogies.
  • To raise awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • To reflect on your own identities in the local and global community.
Resources needed
  • VAKS self-reflective tool.
  • Internet access.
Activity 2: Interconnectedness
Estimated time
20 min
Learning objectives
  • To understand the nature of global interconnectedness.
  • To reflect critically on your consumption habits and their consequences.
Resources needed
  • Access to your kitchen/wardrobe.
  • Internet.
Activity 3: Diversity in the world
Estimated time
30 min
Learning objectives
  • To reflect on linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • To consider teachers’ potential for supporting diversity.
Resources needed
  • Internet access.
Activity 4: Economic (in)equality: Wealth and resources
Estimated time
30 min
Learning objectives
  • To raise awareness of global poverty.
  • To consider taking action on global issues.
Resources needed
  • Internet access.
Activity 5: Diversity in school books
Estimated time
40 min
Learning objectives
  • To critically reflect on representations and positioning in course books.
Resources needed
  • School books.
Activity 6: Multilingualism as a resource
Estimated time
20 min
Learning objectives
  • To understand the importance of language for one’s identity.
  • To value linguistic and cultural diversity.
Resources needed
  • Internet

Additional external resources

References