English & Internationalisation in primary school

The role of English & Internationalisation in Primary School
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The role of English & Internationalisation in Primary School

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Language & Identity: how is it related ?
Language -> communication
                      -> connects an individual to his identity: who are you - who am I? 
                      -> carrier of history, traditions, customs: culture

Our language reflects who we are: it is our identity.

(source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/185439-Language-and-identity)

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English & education
- Mandatory in primary school for 40 years
- Globalisation & Internationalisation = world is getting smaller, necessity to cross borders increases
- prepare children for a global & international life

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What is your identity when you speak English?
Frisian (regional)
Global citizen

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What is "Global Citizenship"? What do you do to be a "Global citizen"?

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Global citizenship

A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world – and their place in it. (Oxfam)
Global citizenship is the idea that one's identity transcends geography or political borders and that responsibilities or rights are derived from membership in a broader class: "humanity". (Wikipedia)

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Globalisation & internationalisation: is it the same?

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Globalization:  a 'process that focuses on the worldwide flow of ideas, resources, people, economy, values, culture, knowledge, goods, services, and technology', (the world as a melting pot)

Internationalization of education: 'the process of integrating an international, intercultural and global dimension into the goals, teaching/learning, of an education system'. 

Internationalization emphasizes the relationship between and among nations, people, cultures, institutions,  
Globalization stresses the concept of worldwide flow of economy, ideas, culture, etc. 
(Jane Knight, OSIE)

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Originally trade driven world wide interdependence, today powered by:

  • Migration (travel is cheap, staying in touch is easy, more opportunities in wealthier countries)
  • Cultural blending (less language spoken, less cultural diversity)
  • Increasing world population

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Crossing borders to form 
relationships between
nations, cultures, people,

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Internationalisation in education: 
what do we teach?
- Learn to speak a different language -> Lingua Franca
- Knowledge and understanding of the world (Everyday lives, homes & families, the local environment and community, and the wider world. Geography - places and people. History - time and people. Biology - myself and other living things.)
- Global citizenship in an international society

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Unesco Schools
Unesco = United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 

The Netherlands: 74 schools
Focus: peace, sustainability, world citizenship, civil rights

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How? Projects on:
- Media Literacy
- Democracy
- Climate change
- Inclusion
- Cultural heritage

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  • Develop international competencies
  • Foster intercultural sensitivity
  • Personal development


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How to teach global citizenship & 
internationalize education?
Countless possibilities & opportunities

Partner with a school:

- Etwinning: https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm

- Myschoolsnetwork: https://www.myschoolsnetwork.com/

- Connecting-classrooms.britishcouncil.org

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Slide 19 - Video

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English as a world language
Lingua Franca = a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.

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