A Strategic Proposal for English Language Foundation Programs: 21st Century Learning
Many English language foundation programs around the world, particularly in the Gulf region, claim as part of their mission statements to develop competencies such as critical thinking, ICT literacy, global awareness, information literacy and self-direction. These competencies, among others, are now commonly referred to as 21st century learning skills. The reality, however, is that curricular approaches and predominant teaching methodologies in many of these program reflect a behaviorist view of teaching and learning, which means that these programs do not, in fact, foster the sort of competencies advertised in their mission statements. This paper argues that English language foundation programs can accomplish their stated learning missions if they fully embrace 21st century learning approaches grounded in social constructivism, and make strategic adjustments in four areas: mission statement, curriculum, ICT and assessment.
Vanarsdale, R. & Waller, T. (2012). A Strategic Proposal for English Language Foundation Programs: 21st Century Learning.