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English language education no longer focuses merely on building and improving language skills, but also aims to develop independent-thinking learners and socially-responsible global citizens. Teachers play a vital role in helping achieve this. In this poster presentation, we report on our two projects, titled “How Can I Change the World? Bookmarks for Puerto Rico” and “A Virtual Trip to the Unseen Iran”, that we designed to encourage critical thinking, cultivate empathy, dispel stereotypes about the Middle East with the focus on Iran, and develop global awareness in our students. First, we introduce the projects and share the story behind them. Next, we explain what augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are and how they can be used to enhance student learning, increase motivation and engagement, and improve the classroom environment. We also discuss how these cutting-edge technologies, also known as “empathy machines”, can be integrated into classroom activities to build global awareness and responsible world citizenship. Finally, we demo how we used augmented and virtual realities in our projects to create active, engaging, three-dimensional learning environments in which students come out of their seats and traveled to Puerto Rico and Iran.