English Language Arts are Global Competencies

The English Language Arts (ELA) program for a global focused school is designed to ensure that students are both globally competent and college-ready. To achieve those goals, students are asked to understand, analyze, evaluate, embrace, harness, and create the different uses of language and communication they will need in the 21st century.

The ELA program hinges on student opportunities to explore and investigate multiple genres and text structures. This exploration leads to the capacity to use language to shape the world, as well as to reflect it. Asking good questions, analyzing information from a variety of sources and of differing styles, identifying main ideas and arguments, recognizing point of view, and forming and defending options—these are all leadership skills that build in students the ability to grasp and communicate ideas. In an era when information is ubiquitous, contradictory, and confounding—as well as illuminating, revelatory, and vitally  necessary—global competence in ELA reaches beyond standards and builds not only knowledge but also the skills, abilities, habits and behaviors of communication, information architecture, and knowledge management.

The ELA performance outcomes and rubric that measure students’ knowledge and skills in four domains: investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. Within each of these domains, specific skills, knowledge, and dispositions give students multiple opportunities to develop their voices as writers; use a variety of communication tools for advocacy and information; and create original material that reflects their understanding of the world.

You can access more Performance Outcomes, Rubrics, and I can Statements in a variety of disciplines along with all of the Center for Global Education's renowned global competence content in an easy to use subscription-based online platform called Global Ed Explorer.

We offer customized coaching and services for schools and programs seeking support related to school design, curriculum assessment and instruction, program development and assessment, and capacity building. Please contact the Education Partnerships team at edpartnerships@asiasociety.org to learn more about the International Studies Schools Network and how you can get involved.

Back to Global Competence