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Abstract

In an increasingly global educational and professional environment, it is essential that new graduates are able to communicate across international and local cultural borders and barriers. Given the reach of composition classes, touching almost every undergraduate, first year writing is uniquely positioned to deliver classes that teach written, verbal, and visual communication and enhance intercultural understanding and global competency. One of the greatest challenges that departments face is delivering this content in an innovative and engaging manner, and without requiring an international experience – something beyond the reach of many students. This article offers solutions via ten practical classroom strategies to enhance students’ global literacy: 1. Start with a geography lesson, 2. Choose your text wisely, 3. Have an international news website as required reading, 4. Show films in and out of class, 5. Invite the United Nations, 6. Find a festival, 7. Visit the supermarket, 8. Assign a National Geographic photo essay, 9. Give students a passport, 10. Make campus connections. Through using these strategies to develop and enhance intercultural and international understanding, new graduates will be better equipped for an increasingly globalized world.

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