This was the title of the opening plenary at the recent CamTESOL conference. The speaker was Richmond Stroupe and what follows is a summary of his talk.
- How do we empower our students?
- How do we make them global citizens?
- How do we bring these skills into our ELT classroom?
- Report writing
- The etiquette of meetings
- Social English
- Critical thinking
The importance of the last one – critical thinking – cannot be underestimated. CT skills are extremely important and teaching them shouldn’t be limited to high-level students only. We need to scaffold the skills back to make them appropriate to the level and then develop them over time.
- Beliefs +
- Behaviours +
- Artefacts +
Integrated language skills, such as those we teach in order for students to pass the TOEFL exam, are key to equipping our students for the 21st century workplace. This is the approach used all the time in academia and business and we need to do it in our classrooms.