Reading the World: Increasing English Learners’ Global Literacy through International News

Luis Fernando Gómez Rodríguez


This case study examined how a group of four EFL2 learners enhanced global literacy through the discussion of social conflicts, reported by news media, including The New York Times, the Guardian, and CNN. The experience was carried out in a conversation club that was conducted by the researcher’s initiative to help these participants create awareness of global literacy. Data were collected from these participants’ critical reflections on power, race, and gender problems in different cultures through field notes, logs, and one questionnaire. Findings revealed that participants developed global literacy as they used the foreign language to analyze and discuss discrimination, hatred, and prejudice in many nations. This research concluded that incorporating news in EFL education can prepare speakers to empower themselves as world citizens of a globalized society.

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