Integrating global issues in the creative language classroom

In my presentation I will familiarize you with the brand new British Council publication ‘Integrating global issues in the creative language classroom: With reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ edited by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey published in 2017. It  aims at bringing real-world issues while developing creativity  in the English classroom. The thrust of the book is also in line with the raising interest in critical thinking as well as in 21st- century learning. It is based on a deep belief in humanity and the fundamental  role of education in building peace in the world.

The book contains 22 sections to be used accordingly to the teachers’ interests, their students’ needs and local circumstances. They are a rich source of creative tasks such as: writing poems or stories, creating a photo gallery, inventing a slogan for a piece of street art, designing sustainable homes and cities, puzzling over the richness of life in a rainforest to name just a few.

My article „End poverty in all its forms everywhere” aims at developing awareness of the problem of overwhelming poverty and alarming inequalities on the globe. It presents a project based on the elements of varied forms of art such as architecture, poetry, theatre, music, examples of outstanding and inspirational creativity in poor regions of the globe and the elements of CLIL. I truly believe that we can shape empathy and creativity in our students – crucial factors to step-by-step overcome difficulties that concern us all. It is free to download here


Sylwia Zabor-Żakowska

Dear All 🙂

My work lets me combine such fascinating fields as foreign languages, developing creative potential in children, painting, poetry and a certain knowledge of nature.  Apart from my fondness for the mentioned areas I possess appropriate knowledge and qualifications which I gained studying English Philology at Warsaw University specializing in teaching, Horticulture at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Psychology of Creativity at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. I also graduated from Painting at Maria Sklodowska-Curie University in Lublin.  I am a pioneer to introduce the idea of teaching English through Art  in Poland and to combine art classes with the achievements of psychology of creativity.

In 2016 I wrote and published a book “Poetry and Art for Creativity” which has been rewarded  European Language Label – a  prize for creativity and innovation,  and in 2017 I contributed to the British Council publication “Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom”  which I am especially proud of. I have just set up a “Cogito” Foundation KRS 0000685514 for gifted children.  I lead an educational studio “Rzeżucha Studio”.   You are welcome to contact me, you will find more information here:


Sylwia Zabor-Żakowska


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