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Preparing Local EFL Students for a Global World: Targeted Needs Analysis

GABRIEL SKOP


Examples of glocalisation are visible throughout the world. McDonald’s restaurants are global, but in Vietnam the MacDonald’s Pork Burger is a local specialty.

But how does the concept of glocalisation apply to the teaching of English in Vietnam? One trend in English-language learning across the globe is preparation for university entrance – in other words, studying to take TOEFL and/or IELTS. While these tests are unavoidable for students headed for the university, the course materials may lack local, culturally-relevant knowledge. As a result, students may become bored and disengaged. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to incorporate the Language Experience Approach (LEA), which helps build students’ language skills through content elicited from the students themselves. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several typical LEA course activities and will be provided with additional practical resources.