International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Implementing Global Citizenship Values in Teaching the English Language
Dr. Hind Aljuaid

The ongoing globalization has largely contributed to an increasingly interconnected world. As a result, there is a need for the creation of global citizenship values among students to equip them to be more competitive and collaborative in resolving emerging global problems like climate change, healthcare pandemics, social justice, and human rights. The English language has become one of the tools to equip students about cultural diversity and cultivate respect for diverse communities. However, all these efforts have not been achieved through teaching the English language. The objective of this study was to explore how global citizenship values may be implemented in teaching the English language. Secondary research was conducted to identify past studies on the topic from different academic databases. Insights from past studies showed that key global citizenship values that teachers implement in the English language include human rights, morals, cultural equality, identity, diversity, intercultural competency, social justice, conflict resolution, negotiation, globalization, and sustainable development. Teachers implement global citizenship values in their language classrooms through brainstorming and encouraging critical thinking and asking questions. Through teacher-centered teaching educators largely explore local values, views, assumptions, and connections related to global citizenship. Teachers also encourage reflection and student-centered learning through a collaborative inquiry about global challenges and their solutions. Despite efforts to implement global citizenship values, teachers experience hurdles like student resistance, lack of a common implementation framework, low teacher competency, lack of professional development opportunities, and absence of a global citizenship curriculum. Future research should corroborate the findings by undertaking primary research using interviews and surveys questionnaires.

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