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Global Issues in the Teaching of Language, Literature and Linguistics

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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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We Teach, We Touch the Future – Global Issues in ELT RICK SAMPEDRO 39

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RICK SAMPEDRO We Teach, We Touch the Future – Global Issues in ELT 1. Introduction: Our present day context We live in a wonderful world with far more spots of astounding beauty than we could possibly dream to visit one day. Most of these places are natural areas and some others are man-made. Throughout our history on this planet, humans have built magnificent things but the hands that made these have also done incredible damage. Many of the things we allegedly loathe today are man-made. Many are systematically sustained in time to benefit privileged minor- ities. And destitution, starvation, lack of access to safe food, water and proper sanitation are but a few examples of the social ills we could wipe off the face of the world with a ridiculously small amount of money. Our species is exploring this very minute the outer space searching for new lands where to grow our food in the future. We know we will need new pastures since we are consciously poisoning food, rivers and the air we breathe for the sake of money. It has now become apparent that money and greed are the driving forces behind the present-day scheme. Somebody needs more money and if a billion people have to be sacrificed in the process, somebody thinks this is worth the while. But what about everybody else? What are we doing to steer our planetary vessel off its current collision course? Teachers constitute a fundamental part in the educational process, and education appears...

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