STERLING PLATA (PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING, INC (PALT))

LOCALIZING SDGS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

The sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious set of 17 goals defined and developed through a collaboration of UN member states, civil society, the private sector, local authorities, and other stakeholders. Localizing these goals ensures that community and national problems are addressed in a synergistic way by and for locals. This paper describes the localization process that engages students enrolled in a College English course entitled Purposive Communication, the university Social Action (COSCA), and partner communities through Service-Learning. It explains the Service-Learning framework of the university and its role in developing the communication skills of students, their awareness of SDGs, and their social engagement. The remainder of the paper focuses on the assessment of the process, including reflection and evaluation recommendations.

Dr. Sterling M. Plata advocates for Education for Sustainable Development. She trains teachers and school leaders on how to integrate the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals ) in the curriculum through problem-based approach and through service learning. She has a Specialist Certificate in Language Testing and Assessment from RELC SEAMEO (Singapore).