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Global Issues in the Teaching of Language, Literature and Linguistics

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Edited By Francisco Javier Díaz-Pérez, María Belén Díez-Bedmar, Paula García-Ramírez and Diego Rascón Moreno

This book results from a teaching innovation project funded by the University of Jaén (Spain), in which four lecturers of the English Department, the editors of the volume, were involved. The objectives of this project had to do with the development of the global citizenship generic competence in the English Studies degree and, consequently, with the introduction of global issues in language, literature and linguistics courses. The volume contains 10 chapters, pre-ceded by an introduction, and deals with the reflections of lecturers and scholars with different academic backgrounds on the inclusion of global issues in the teaching of the English Language, General Linguistics and Literature at university level.

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Combining Global Issues and English Teaching DIEGO RASCÓN-MORENO 15

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DIEGO RASCÓN-MORENO Combining Global Issues and English Teaching 1. Introduction Considerable importance has been given in the last few years – mainly since the second half of the 1980s – to the teaching of global issues in English studies. Worldwide examples of this interest in terms of both governmental and non-governmental promotion can be offered, including teaching experiences and materials. Following some educa- tional trends in the English classroom which are similar to global issues teaching has also been advocated recently. Further reasons can be provided to justify the combination that is defended throughout this paper, addressing global issues and teaching English at the same time. 2. Educational background and interest Many examples of the educational background of and interest in the integration of English Language Teaching (ELT) and cross-curricular themes are shown here. To begin with, the series of seminars held under the UNESCO’s Linguapax project meant a boost for the teach- ing of global issues in foreign language education. In the first of these seminars, which was held in Kiev in 1987, a Declaration resulted containing the following recommendations to foreign language teach- ers: x Be aware of their responsibility to further international understanding through their teaching. 16 Diego Rascón-Moreno x Increase language teaching effectiveness so as to enhance mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and cooperation among nations. x Exploit extracurricular activities such as pen-pal programmes, video ex- changes, and overseas excursions to develop international understanding. x Lay the basis for international cooperation through classroom cooperation using language-teaching approaches...

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