Development Education

Speculation on links between Business lessons and promotion of Global Citizenship

Sources:

Market Leader https://www.pearsonelt.com/catalogue/business-english/market-leader.html,

Goldstein, D. (2012) ‘Decolonialising ’Actually Existing Neoliberalism’. Social Anthropology, 20(3), pp.304-­‐309.

Shor, I (2012) Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

 

 

I learned a lot about the connection between languages and development when I did MA thesis.  I focused on whether Business English classes promote Global Citizenship (GC).   It was extremely fascinating to write about this topic.

Speculation on links between Business English lessons and promotion of Global Citizenship

The neo-liberal economic lens is concerned absolute gains to states and the economic benefits of the world.

 

The post-colonial lens is concerned with revealing issues that occur due to the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism, with investigation on the human consequences of the control and exploitation of colonised people and their countries.

 

The critical pedagogy lens concentrates on issues of social justice and democracy and integrates them into teaching and learning.

To the left is a Venn diagram illustrating the links that could possibly exist between Business English (BE) learning and Global Citizenship. In the GC section, I have focused on Global Skills (GS) in three specific areas of GC: Soft and Critical Global Citizensip and social justice. In this diagram, the links are observed through three lenses - post-colonial (PC) lens, critical pedagogy and neo-liberal economic - and sectioned into the three different types of GC that are most prominent in BE classes: economic, cultural and critical (critical GC should be more promoted in BE lessons.) Earlier in the Report (the thesis that I wrote), I discussed the post-colonial lens through which GC can also be interpreted; this is essential to BE education.

 

Critical pedagogy can be defined as; Habits of thought, reading, writing, and speaking which go beneath surface meaning, first impressions, dominant myths, official pronouncements, traditional clichés, received wisdom, and mere opinions, to understand the deep meaning, root causes, social context, ideology.

 

The neo-liberal economic lens is concerned absolute gains to states and the economic benefits of the world.

 

The post-colonial lens is concerned with revealing issues that occur due to the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism, with investigation on the human consequences of the control and exploitation of colonised people and their countries.

 

The critical pedagogy lens concentrates on issues of social justice and democracy and integrates them into teaching and learning. 21 personal consequences of any action, event, object, process, organization, experience, text, subject matter, policy, mass media, or discourse”(Shor 1992:129).

 

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