Glocalizing in a global era

Aylin Graves

Who is it for?

The Macmillan Education Online Conference 2016 is open to all teachers and professionals working in ELT and is completely FREE to attend!


In this talk Aylin will share her experience of planning and writing her award-winning "glocal" coursebook, Academic English for the 21st Century Learner. Though the book is primarily intended for international students at English-speaking universities, teachers of all levels, trainers and authors may benefit from and add to the discussion. So come join Aylin for a talk about Beaujolais wine, Japanese dochaku, rock art from 8000 years ago…and glocalization as "an expression of open-mindedness" in our exciting and chaotic times!

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Saturday 12th November 2016

12.00-12.45 (GMT)

While many 21st century schools around the world are striving to add a global dimension to their curricula, many teachers around the world are trying to add a local dimension to their materials. This may seem a contradiction at first glance but it is actually a natural outcome of globalization. As we become closer to other people around the world, the need to develop global/universal values and perspectives intensifies. It is up to the teacher to show the students the connections between these global issues and our local environments, concerns and dreams. To help them see how we fit into the wider world. To marry the global and the local.

Key learning outcomes

To become aware of the importance of teaching:

  • the interconnectedness between local and global issues
  • a sense of belonging to a common humanity
  • English as a Lingua Franca (as opposed to a Foreign Language)

About the speaker: Aylin Graves

Aylin Graves is an English instructor and author from Ankara, Turkey. She previously chaired the Modern Languages Department at Middle East Technical University, and trained teachers in Turkey, Spain and Portugal. She is the author of the award-winning ELT textbook Academic English for the 21st Century Learner. Aylin is dedicated to promoting mindfulness, awareness and simplicity among teachers and students. You may read her slow and simple teaching blog or see more of her work on facebook.

If you like reading short stories, you may find a collection from Aylin in Trafika Europe, a quarterly literary magazine for some of the best new literature from Europe.

A quick Q&A with Aylin Graves

What inspired and continues to inspire you to focus on academic English?

For many underprivileged students throughout the world, university education is the ticket to a better life. This is my inspiration. I feel lucky to accompany students on this trip.

What will people learn from you at the MEOC 2016?

At MEOC 2016, I will share my views  and experiences of localizing our global English textbooks.

Tell us about your latest/recent projects with Macmillan?  

My book Academic English for the 21st Century Learner has recently won ELTons 2016 - Macmillan Education New Talent in Writing Award. It will be published online by Macmillan at

What is your top tip or piece of advice for teachers?

My top tip is perhaps debatable but I can’t stop saying it: Education is not only about passing down information, but also about passing down wisdom and making us more human. In Alain de Botton’s words, “Education should help us with the many ways in which we end up less than we can be.” So…top tip…teach your past participles, but also remember that education is more than the mere sum of the parts of your curriculum, so try to see the big picture, keep nurturing, keep smiling! (And perhaps, read this quote from de Botton.)