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Preparing the Next Generation of Global Citizens: Using 21st-Century Skills in the ESL Classroom

About this event

Today's world is more interconnected than ever, and to play an active role in the global community requires a special set of transferable skills, which teachers are uniquely poised to help students cultivate. How can educators foster an appreciation of cultural diversity in their students, and how can they promote social, environmental, and global awareness within an English teaching context? Join us for a discussion of a teacher's role in nurturing students' global citizenship skills, and get practical classroom strategies and activities that will help English learners embrace a multicultural mentality

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  • Guest speaker
    Eric Peterson Head of REAL @ Westcliff University

    Eric Peterson is the Head of REAL (Reimagining English as an Additional Language) at Westcliff University. REAL is an Intensive English program. Eric has taught English for over 17 years in Denmark, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States at the university level. He studied TESOL and Spanish in the United States. In Denmark and Spain, he graduated from an Erasmus Mundus master's program in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management. Eric served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the University TEFL program in Ukraine.

  • Guest speaker
    Dr. Eoin Jordan Director of the International Education Institute @ University of St. Andrews

    Dr. Eoin Jordan is the Director of the International Education Institute at the University of St Andrews. He leads the development of English language requirements for degree programs across the university, and his research interests include: English as a Lingua Franca; World Englishes; peer assessment; educational technologies; vocabulary acquisition and assessment.

  • Guest speaker
    Shélynn Riel Bridge Expert Series Moderator

    Shélynn Riel is Bridge's Expert Series Moderator and regularly contributes articles and ELT news reports to the BridgeUniverse blog. She has served as an English language instructor for over a decade, a program coordinator in both university and community-based programs, and an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. Her interests include holistic teacher development, learner identity, and decolonial ethics in the language classroom. She is the co-creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, which focuses on reflective practices for teachers around the world.

  • Team member
    Bridge Universe Bridge Education Group


With over 35 years in the language-education field, Bridge Education Group empowers a global community of English teachers at all stages of their careers. Our continually growing portfolio of TEFL/TESOL certification programs provides teachers with internationally-recognized credentials.