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ERIC Number: EJ830234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
The DfES International Strategy: The Importance of Developing a Global Dimension to Teaching and Learning
Grant, Judith
Language Learning Journal, v33 n1 p11-12 Sum 2006
People live in a world that is increasingly interconnected, in which distant events can affect them as never before. On both an economic and social level, they are experiencing rapid change. While in the past only a small number of people engaged with the wider world, today the picture is very different. At a social level, if children are to be comfortable in such an interconnected world, they need greater knowledge and understanding of other languages, cultures, systems and practices and the skills to work with their similarities and differences. According to a survey on children's knowledge of global issues, the vast majority of pupils (81%) believe that it is important to learn about global issues at school and that young people need to understand global matters so as to make choices about how they want to lead their lives. Language learning clearly plays a key role in this, and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) attaches a great deal of importance to this, mainly through its commitment to the National Languages Strategy, which makes it clear that languages should be a lifelong skill. This paper looks at why the global dimension needs to be an important part of the education of children, young people and adults, and the importance of language learning within that. It also sets out relevant elements of the DfES International Strategy. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom