GV Calgary regularly runs eight week sessions of the Global Competence Certificate.It is an afternoon study program combined with high level General English study in the mornings. This is a highly suitable program for students training to improve their English and to further their cultural competence at the same time. GCC can be used to complete credit for English for Academic Purposes for Pathway Programs.
GV Calgary was an early adopter of the Global Competence Certificate. Check out this piece from President and CEO, John Taplin, who spotlights GCC and its link to active global citizenship.
Active Global Citizen John Taplin
Role President and CEO, Global Village Calgary
Contribution Intercultural educator working with indigenous youth in Australia; immigrant and international students, first nations Canadians, and teacher trainees in Canada; embracing global competence education as part of language learning
Quote Aligning language education with global competence training is instrumental in helping our students to become even better global citizens
John Taplin began his career as an educator working with indigenous youth as a high school English teacher in Australia. His life’s journey in intercultural education continued in Alberta, Canada where he has worked in university and private sector settings as an English teacher for immigrant and international students, first nations Canadians, and as a teacher trainer. In 1996, John became the founding Director of Global Village Calgary which is a language centre focused on adult students from around the world plus local students adjusting to life in Canada. In 2016, Global Village Calgary embraced Sentio’s Global Competence Certificate which is run as a natural fit with English language training.
How does your work help global citizens?The main expertise of Global Village Calgary is to teach English to international students from over 90 different countries annually. We also prepare students to have the English and associated skills to function better in their lives beyond the school, whether their future takes them on to further study in English-speaking colleges or to careers in their own countries, or to both. Having an international diversity of students in classes is tailor-made for students to not only learn English, but to become more knowledgeable about, and understanding of, other cultures. The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Course really supports our goals of promoting cultural understanding and acceptance through language education.
GCC Facilitator and English Teacher/EAP Coordinator, Greg Stephenson, with graduating student