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How To Become A Global Teacher?

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Becoming a global teacher is all about adapting the way that you teach and the educator that you are both inside and outside the classroom. There are many ways that you can do this but they do not simply happen overnight. The three steps listed below and the many others will involve you thinking long and hard about certain aspects of teachings. You may even have to re-invent the way you view your role as a teacher.

  • Think about your definition of English
The first step towards being a global teacher is to think about how you define English. More traditionally, the definition of English has been: The mother tongue of countries such as the United Kingdom and United States where English is the primary language or a school subject or topic. It is these basic definitions that have provide a base upon which English is taught around the world. However, the global education definition of English is different.

According to global education, English is defined as a subject that provides learning about the world, its countries, its people and problems, and an international language that allows people all around the world to communicate.

  • Think about your classroom's environment
Another great step to take is to make your classroom more global friendly. If the walls are just plain bare concrete then consider decorating them with global posters and maps of the world. International calendars also help to continue their education about the world. The world is a colorful place, so make sure the inside of your classroom reflects this.

  • Make global content part of your teaching.
Teaching your pupils about the world will not just happen overnight, and they certainly aren't going to do it themselves. You must plan and prepare to integrate global content into your classroom curriculum. Three key areas that are important to cover are: World themes (multicultural topics), world regions (geographic literacy) and world problems (global issues).

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