Unit 1: Connecting global and local issues

The aim of this unit is to give you ideas on how to familiarise your learners with the concepts of global citizenship and multilingualism. The focus is on the interconnectedness of local and global issues. This unit provides a variety of materials both for in-class use and to inspire your own design of tasks. The aim of the activities in this unit is to broaden students’ understandings of how local issues are connected to global issues and what it means to be a global citizen. Students will engage with and reflect on diversity, interconnectedness, and the global connections to their countries, schools, and classrooms. Lastly, the students will explore linguistic diversity and will reflect on the variety of languages spoken worldwide. For further resources, the activities in the teacher unit can of course also be adapted for in-class use with your learners.

Learning Objectives

  1. Values n.2: Raise students’ awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  2. Knowledge n.6: Help students reflect critically on their consumption habits and their consequences.
  3. Knowledge n.2: Encourage students to reflect on the consequences of issues related to social equality and access to resources.
  4. Attitudes n.2: Promote tolerance, open-mindedness, and curiosity in learners.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attitudes n.7: List the languages spoken within their class and know at least three words in each language.
  2. Knowledge n.6: Learn about the countries in which their food and clothing are produced, and about their consumption habits and their consequences.
  3. Knowledge n.2: Discuss inequality and critically reflect on the topic as a part of the community members.
  4. Attitudes n.2: Recall interesting facts about other languages and countries and are curious about them.

Teaching materials

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Domain specific teaching materials

To allow teachers of all subjects to incorporate our materials into their teaching, we have adapted several activities to include exercises that are also suitable for subjects other than English, such as biology or geography. The following documents include domain specific activities for all five units of this project. Download the domain specific teaching materials as a Word or PDF document.