As as an advocate for the teaching and learning of languages, I know and understand the value of learning a second language in an increasingly globalised world. It is no longer sufficient to be a monolingual English speaker in a market place and world which demands intercultural communication and a respect and understanding of other peoples and other cultures. I believe all students should have the best possible chance of becoming active citizens in a global community. As we continually face complex problems such as climate change, global pandemics and feeding the world sustainably, it has never been more important that students develop both awareness of self and others, can step out of their comfort zone, and are able to bridge differences. Only then will they be able to communicate across cultures effectively and respectfully.
In order to gain training in this sphere, so that I can help others, including students, to become interculturally competent, this year I undertook the AFS Global Competence Certificate. I am also now a qualified global competence trainer. Please click on the links to access my canva.com presentation as well as resources, including a case study, I developed and used during my facilitator practice session.