What are the 21st century skills that English teachers should incorporate?

What are the keys to being
English teachers in this century? What is the value contribution of ‘Our World’, ‘Welcome to our World’
and ‘Explore Our World’ Series that National Geographic Learning offers to teachers and children at
the primary level of education? Interview with Dr. Joan Kang Shin in occasion of her recent
conference 'Are you a 21st century teacher?' realized in the city of Lima (Peru) on August 27th 2014.

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs in the Education
Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and specializes in the training and
professional development of teachers of English to young learners. In her role she is responsible for
administering professional development and teacher training programs that reach teachers in over 100
countries around the world.

She is Senior Editor of National Geographic Learning/ Cengage Learning innovative Series ‘Our World’,
‘Welcome to our World’ y ‘Explore Our World’, directed to children of primary school that are currently
being launched in Latin America.

Dr. Kang Shin is also the Project Director of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) funded STEP T
for ELLs Program (Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English Language
Learners) in the Education Department at UMBC. This five-year program provides professional
development to secondary math, science, and social studies teachers in Maryland to give effective
content instruction to English language learners (ELLs).

Joan Kang Shin: Using English in the 21st century means building skills for communication and collaboration as well as helping our students gain a global perspective on the world.S.In addition. Venezuela. Thailand. she keeps herself busy as an English Language Specialist for the Office of English Language Programs (OELP) in the U. India. I think that most teachers feel the pressure to keep up with new technologies and the increased connectivity of people around the world through social networks. technology. Morocco. business. Egypt. Korea. In . I hope that this presentation helps English language teachers realize that their job is so important because of the status of English in the 21st century as a global language. What are your expectations of your presentation ‘Are you a 21st century teacher’? What are the objectives of the presentation? Dr. Department of State and has conducted EFL teacher training programs with hundreds of teachers in Brazil. and global problem solving. Guatemala. Cambodia. She has reached audiences of up to 300 through online webinars and trained groups of teachers through digital video conferencing in Cuba. diplomacy. What are the 21st century skills that English teachers should incorporate? What are the keys to being English teachers in this century? Dr. tourism. and Taiwan. Vietnam. It is the language of science.A. Peru.E. Laos. Libya. Russia. Joan Kang Shin: The presentation I am doing called "Are you a 21st century teacher?" focuses on how English language teachers can transform their classrooms to build students' 21st century skills. El Salvador. Saudi Arabia. One important aspect of establishing a global perspective is to teach about international cultures in the classroom. and U. Sudan.

They encourage both visual and digital literacy that will help our young learners communicate in the 21st century. hands-on games. or the U. English is no longer just associated with the U. and Welcome to Our World will help bring up our young learners as good.the past. The richness of the content in the areas of science. Explore Our World. culture. Our motto is "Bringing the world to the classroom ~ and the classroom to life!" These 3 series for preprimary and primary school age students does this. and Welcome to Our World published by National Geographic Learning. We should work on students' critical thinking and problem solving skills and encourage them to be lifelong learners. stories. "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write. and social networks. history. like the U. and projects that will engage children and give them lots of chances to listen. Children are curious about the world. This extremely important with English because the majority of the information accessible online is in English. ‘Welcome to our World’ and ‘Explore Our World’ Series that National Geographic Learning offers to teachers and children at the primary level of education? Dr. read. The 21st century is an exciting century but also a challenging one. But National Geographic is not just about amazing photos. the activities have developed appropriately for kids at every age. so these materials tap into their curiosity and motivate them to learn and communicate in English. We want our kids to explore other people.S. the internet. in the class. Ultimately I hope that Our World. our English language materials inspire children to learn by bringing images of the world into the classroom. As Alvin Toffler said. They include songs. social studies. . or the U. I strongly believe that our goal to create an English language series that also prepares children for life in the 21st century has been realized. It is about real world content. With stunning National Geographic photos and videos. because there are so many more speakers of English as a second or foreign language now.K.K. Of course. and write in English. What is the value contribution of ‘Our World’. and points of view from around the world. We have to prepare our young learners by introducing all different cultures from around the world in our English teaching materials. If they are inspired to care more. Now our young learners will grow up using English to communicate with people from any and all countries around the world. productive global citizens. videos. and the arts builds students knowledge about the world as they learn to communicate in English. places. English teachers would introduce only English-speaking cultures.S. maybe they will grow up and participate in solving the issues plaguing our planet. Explore Our World. speak. unlearn. Joan Kang Shin: As a series editor and author of Our World. This provides opportunities for authentic communication about real people." We have to focus our learners on handling the enormous amount of information they now have access to through technology. and relearn. and cultures in order to encourage them to care about the endangered world we live in. but those who cannot learn. computer and interactive white board games. places. they will need it to be good caretakers of our world. As English is a global language.

September 2014 .