We’re all aware of global conflicts and the impact that these can have directly on students’ education. We read daily about the lives of people that have been turned upside down by instability in their communities. How are teachers and trainers managing in these challenging circumstances? Furthermore, what can we do in our classrooms to raise our students’ awareness about such issues and provide opportunities for exploring these areas in more detail?
If you would like to find out more about how you can positively address these problems then come to the Global Issues SIG PCE entitled ‘English in an Unstable World’. Whether it’s through initiatives such as the British Council Language for Resilience or the response of NGOs and individuals to the language needs of refugees this PCE is hosting speakers who will be discussing the role of language in terms of conflict resolution, reconciliation and mutual understanding. We will think about how we as educators can contribute to peace in the world through both awareness-raising in English classes and how we work in class such as developing cooperation more than competition.
We have a fascinating range of speakers and facilitators to inspire you: Joe Field (from the British Council in Jordan who will be talking about his work with refugees in the area and linking up with Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese teachers of Syrian refugees), Susan Barduhn (informing us about her work on the World Learning Global Advisory Council), Nick Bilbrough (talking about the Hands-up Project in Palestine), Julie Pratten (with an update on her work about English for social change), Kieran Donaghy presenting his work on developing empathy through short films) and Judy Boyle (presenting on how to develop understanding of and involvement in anti-slavery through The No Project). Throughout the day there will plenty of opportunities for discussion of the issues presented and the chance to share your own ideas and experience.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann
This event is supported by The British Council and New Internationalist