Building a global virtual community: The role of language learning in educating global citizen

Alicia Vallero, Beata Malczewska-Webb, Lisa Pudsey

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In recognition of the need to prepare the young Australians for the globalized and rapidly internationalised world, a number of initiatives have been introduced promoting languages other than English in Australian schools. These initiatives reflect the Australian Government's commitment to languages education in order to "equip young Australians with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to communicate and work with our international neighbours". Most recently, in August 2014, the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) in the Australian state of Queensland, published a consultation paper: Global schools - Creating successful global citizens.This government policy draft promotes language programs in Queensland schools as a pivotal process in preparing young Queenslanders to become global citizens.

The aim of this paper is to evaluated the challenges the teachers may encounter during the implementation of the Global Schools Plan. This paper will also provide suggestions for enabling its success. First, the context of secondary educational communities in Australia is examined and the next section introduces the background of global schools. The paper also outlines the research methodology applied in this study and it identifies the potential challenges to all stakeholders including the Queensland Government, school principals, programs and teachers. The paper offers solutions through investigating the strengths of the existing system, employing appropriate professional development and utilizing digital technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStay in touch/Keep in touch
EditorsK Ozanska-Ponikwia, J Pacula
Place of PublicationBielsko-Biala
PublisherAcademic Publishers of the University of Bielsko-Biala
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9788365182388
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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