Teaching beyond the Borders: Using the ELT Classroom to Raise Students’ Social Awareness


In our time where war prevails and women and children suffer different faces of abuse and when the environmental conservation needs the awareness of citizens, the need is urgent to modernize our approaches while teaching to solve these dilemmas. The English language teachers are in a unique position to promote the idea of global citizenship through their work (Wilkins, 2002; Akkawi, 2012). The present study suggests a way to teach writing interactively to enhance the students’ awareness of global issues. It relies on the civic values as a meaningful, realistic content since research (Wilkins, 2000; Dorfman, L.R., & Cappelli, R. 2007; Nouraldin, 2014) indicate the need for informing and raising students’ awareness of the global civic issues in an attempt to create a new global citizen. Consequently, the present study is an attempt to solve the problems in the fields of teaching writing and the civic issues to reshape the minds of the new generations. Thus, students can value the quality of good work and environmental conservation. Moreover, they become aware of the human rights including women’s rights and children’s rights. Finally, they practice- in their writing class- important life skills such as negotiation and tolerance. It is a needed attempt to regain the role of the teacher as an educator who does not only teach according to latest techniques but also as an active educator who reshapes the minds and souls of his students on his struggle to reform the society by increasing the social awareness of his students.

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Kholood Moustafa Alakkawi, Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: IICE2015
Stream: Linguistics and pedagogy

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