THUY LINH CAN (UNIVERSITY OF LANGUAGES AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES)

INTEGRATING CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE IN AN ENGLISH PROJECT: FINDINGS FROM A RECENT PROJECT FOR YOUNG TEENAGERS : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

In the current context of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Globalization, what to teach and how to teach the young encounter more challenges than ever before. On the one hand, they need to be equipped with the 21st century skills to ready themselves for the modern world where technology is taking the lead; on the other hand, they must highlight their own cutural identity to make a difference in that same integrated world. Taking all these into consideration, a group of dedicated teachers (including the presenter) has recently designed and carried out an English project for young teenagers (aged 12-15), in which in-depth cultural knowledge has been incorporated with developing other project-based learning skills. In this presentation, the findings about the project as regards young teenagers’ areas of interest in cutural discoveries, their needs, as well as their strength and weaknesses in exploring their own culture will be reported.

Graduated from University of Languages and International Studies(ULIS) in 2003, Ms. Can Thuy Linh has been working as a lecturer of English at ULIS ever since. She has engaged in the design and execution of numerous GE and ESP courses for undergraduate students. Her major interests include Project-based Learning, Professional Development, Teaching English to Young Learners and Extensive Reading.