The World & the Classroom

Global education at JCC

Global education at Jamestown Community College is a methodology that involves active, student-centered, cooperative learning. Global education focuses on peace and justice, environmental needs, and human rights for all by engaging with issues and problems that impact our world, with a view to developing global citizenship through critical thinking and civic engagement.

Our goal to integrate global and comparative perspectives into the curriculum is reflected in JCC's Strategic Plan: to prepare all members of the broad college community to understand and function within a global context. JCC’s comprehensive globalization is the infusion of global concepts and perspectives throughout the JCC experience in order to assure that every graduate of JCC is interculturally competent in their professional careers and personal lives. Its aim is to foster a cultural transformation college-wide.​

The global education activities outlined are sponsored by the Title VI UISFL grant awarded by the US Department of Education: International and Foreign Language Education Office.

  • Incorporate a global perspectives learning module in an existing course: faculty can include global perspectives in a course lesson through the implementation of a learning module.
  • Utilize CLAC modules: Culture and Language across the Curriculum (CLAC) is a way to include multicultural and multilingual opportunities throughout the curriculum, with the goal to provide students with opportunities to use language and experience culture in meaningful ways. CLAC may take a variety of forms, such as a course linked to study abroad, a series of content-specific discussions conducted in a language other than English, or as a research project attached to a non-language content course. If you are interested in discussing a CLAC opportunity or would like to learn more about the possibilities, contact Theresa Baginski.

JCC has hosted individuals who represent global and comparative perspectives in our Speaker Series.

  • Dr. Craig Benjamin: keynote speaker at the Spring 2015 Faculty Development Day. Dr. Benjamin explored the value and critical importance of global education for students.
  • Pablo Muirhead: presenter for “Building Bridges: Integrating Culture and Language” symposium in November 2014. He led activities based on his research, focused on the integration of language and culture in the world language classroom.
  • Dr. Donna Clementi: presenter for “Developing Language Performance through the Three Modes of Communication” conference in February 2015. Dr. Clementi focused on understanding and creating performance assessments for the three modes of communication.
  • Kara Parker: presenter for “Teaching for Communication - Effective Strategies” workshop. Parker focused on developing students' communication strategies in interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication.
  • Dr. Lynne Overesch-Maister: presenter for “Oral Proficiency Interview” workshop. The workshop focused on proficiency concepts, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and the interview as an assessment tool.