Publication Date

Spring 5-25-2017

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Raymond Young

Abstract

The acceleration of globalization calls for education with an aim of creating global citizens who are able to learn, live and function in an increasingly interconnected world. Educators should remember that they are creating future leaders who need to understand how to perform and interact in a global arena. For global citizens to effectively function in such an environment, they are required to have competencies such as: intercultural understanding, curiosity for discovery, cultural self-awareness, sociolinguistic awareness, and ability to listen, observe, interpret and analyze etc.

Chinese students who live in second and third-tier cities receive significantly less global education due to the lack of resources, qualified teachers and the opportunities to interact with the outside world. English language acquisition appears to be the only subject that can let them come into contact with different cultures and customs. However, the purpose of learning this language is overshadowed by China’s examination-oriented educational system. Current English teaching and learning in China are very time consuming and students’ overall English proficiency is poor.

The Global Citizen Language Program laid out in this paper, aims to connect learning English and Global Citizenship Education to equip students with highly competitive language skills and cultural competencies, cultivate and inspire creative and open minds, and nurture a sense of understating and compassion for other people and cultures.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Leadership | Language and Literacy Education | Organization Development | Secondary Education