Facing the tide of globalization and the universality of the Internet, students in the 21st century must deal with an increasing demand for cross-cultural communication in English. However, the English language is not the only key to effective communication.
Nowadays, English has become a main communication tool used by people around the world rather than being limited to a property owned by those in English-speaking countries. Hence, if students hope to communicate in English successfully, they must have certain knowledge of and respect for different cultures, an understanding of cross-cultural communication skills, and a fundamental knowledge of global issues.
Sun Yat-sen University, one of the top universities recognized by the Ministry of Education, is a leading multiple-disciplined university in the KTP region. In light of the globalization trend, the university has devoted its efforts to cultivating students who are able to adapt themselves to a speedily changing world. Therefore, in response to the change of current English learning goals, as well as in consideration of cultivating students’ deep humanity, the university has designed a new English curriculum in order to achieve the following three objectives:
1.Develop an English curriculum of cultural depth:
Adopting an innovative teaching methodology and materials, we designed a contextualized curriculum that will enable our students to establish their confidence gradually, from learning different cultures to thinking critically about global issues. They can also learn English and deepen their professional knowledge in different learning situations. In addition, they can develop their communication skills and increase their international mobility. Such learning will not only increase their knowledge about the world and broaden their international vision, but also help them become future executives who can think logically and have good communication skills.
2.Implement multiple assessments:
We train our students to use English effectively to express themselves creatively. They are expected to move away from standardized examinations gradually, enhance their confidence in communication, and develop an interest in learning languages.
3.Create a teachers’ community and teaching resources platform:
Through the project website and the website of the KTP Regional Resource Center for Teaching and Learning, we will share resources such as demonstrative courses, students’ learning results, and project products in order to build a regional English teaching resource center.