English Language Teaching and Citizenship: An Educational Perspective

By Nahla Nola Bacha.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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A significant aspect of English language teaching is that the classroom experience through choice of instructional materials and methods can promote students’ citizenship skills in a global context. Since there is a certain amount of flexibility in choice of content in language classes, teachers can select those materials and methods that could help students acquire the skills considered important for global citizenship. This paper surveys students’ views attending the English as a Foreign Language Program (EFL) at the Lebanese American University on how the English classroom can promote their citizenship skills. The study further investigates the effectiveness of a writing activity based on the response model of Muldoon (1991) in an advanced English classroom in furthering students’ citizenship skills. Implications are made for the role of the EFL Program.

Keywords: English Teaching in Lebanon, Citizenship and Language Teaching, EFL at the University, Citizenship and Education, Learning English in Lebanon

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.153-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 573.713KB).

Dr. Nahla Nola Bacha

Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Humanities Division, Humanities Division, School of Arts and Sciences, Lebanese American University, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Dr. Nahla Nola Bacha Nahla Nola Bacha is a holder of a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester, England and is presently an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Humanities Division, Byblos Campus at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon. She has over twenty years of teaching and administrative experience. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the writing of university students whose English is a second language and French third in addition to their native language Arabic. She has presented papers and workshops at local and international conferences and organized ELT workshops and conferences at LAU for the community in conjunction with the British Council. Her publications include English texts for the Lebanese National Center for Educational Research and Development, chapters in edited books on teaching/learning ESL/EFL, and articles in discourse and corpus analysis, EAP/ESP, writing, and testing in international refereed journals. She is presently researching English across university academic disciplines and is interested in redefining the role of English Programs within both academic and professional contexts, the role of ELT in fostering citizenship and introducing the teaching of German and Spanish languages in the Humanities Division.

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