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Secondary Success Stories: Developing 21st century skills

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Saima from Pakistan explains how she uses project-based learning to develop 21st century skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, social responsibility, problem-solving, communication skills and media literacy.

By developing these skills in English she feels she is increasing her students’ chances of employability while giving them the confidence to ‘stand on their own two feet’.

Plant Peace for Prosperity is a recent example of such a project where learners gathered information, designed and carried out an online survey, prepared posters and invited parents to awareness sessions on topics such as domestic violence and nurturing peaceful behaviour in the home. Saima argues that it is not enough just to teach English, we need to equip our students for 21st century life.

Reflection and discussion

One of the purposes of these resources is to help you with your own teacher development in related contexts. The questions in task 1 and task 2 are designed for you to think about and discuss with colleagues, either informally or as part of your formal professional development.

Do you feel that it is your responsibility to equip your students with skills for life in the 21st century? How could you increase your students’ chances of social responsibility and employability in your context?

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