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Developing lower secondary learners’ awareness of cultural diversity through projects

In today’s highly interconnected world, contact with different cultures is increasingly frequent. The 21st century skills framework highlights social and cross-cultural skills, the importance of respecting cultural differences and communicating effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Considering that lower secondary learners are still developing the ability to consider diverse perspectives and that this occurs significantly in mid-adolescence, lower secondary is an appropriate time to develop awareness of cultural diversity and projects are a powerful tool in facilitating this process. Projects are well-known in teaching lower secondary and are valued in the way they can be used in ELT to trigger reflection. In this article, Leticia Moraes gives some examples of projects on the diversity theme to be developed with young teenagers on English Language classes.