London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Teaching European and Global Citizenship across the Curriculum: Content Based Language Instruction

Author(s) Aksit, N.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Approaches to citizenship education vary in focus and emphasis. Key notions of citizenship may be introduced separately and explicitly or implicitly, integrated into social studies and service-learning programmes: another possibility is as cross-curricular themes. All subjects could contribute to the further development of citizenship. This paper presents how a foreign or second language classroom may be instrumental in teaching citizenship education using Content-Based Language Instruction (CBLI). Whatever the approach to citizenship education, what matters is the extent to which students internalize and put into practice what they are exposed to implicitly, explicitly or through cross curricular themes. CBLI offers a theory of learning and a methodology that would facilitate internalisation of the principles and values associated with European or World citizenship.

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