This session was recorded at the IATEFL 2010 conference earlier this year in Harrogate, UK.
Content, culture and critical thinking in an era of Global English
Given English’s status as an international language, what does this mean for the topics and texts we use with students? Published material has been criticised for being Anglocentric, cosmopolitan, bland, celebrity-driven or a combination of all these. The authors of Macmillan’s new course Global wanted texts and topics that were international and culturally sensitive but engaging on an intellectual and affective level as well. We also wanted to afford teachers and learners the possibility of interacting critically with such texts. This talk looks at examples of such texts and topics and ideas of how they can be exploited in class.