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The first part of this paper aims to examine the concept of the globalised world from a number of different angles and poses questions related to the relevance and validity of the curriculum currently presented to EFL students. A number of methodological suggestions related to the field of education with a big E will be observed such as motivation, metacognition, learner autonomy, use of widely accessible resources and “The University of Life”. Thus the role of the teacher in ELT will shift towards that of faclitator and educator, raising awareness in self and in students of the need to become global citizens who are lifelong learners and putting the learner at the centre of the educational process. The second part of this paper examines the overriding factor of using English as a global language to examine global issues through the practice of critical, comparative and creative thinking skills. The framework for the paper is based on Robert Fisher’s thinking skills language learning model.