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Title: Teaching Cultural Competence


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Teaching Cultural Competence
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Agenda
  • Introductions
  • What is culture in your classroom?
  • Teaching culture and cultures at EF
  • What the Common European Framework says
  • From theory to practice
  • Personal directions

3
Over 400 schools and offices
  • English immersion in 8 countries
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • English in other environments
  • Englishtown.com
  • English First
  • English First Smart Schools
  • English First Kids
  • EF Corporate Language Training
  • Additional languages taught Spanish, French,
    German, Italian, Chinese

ILS London
ILS Cambridge
ILS Boston
4
125 nationalities in our schools
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Discussion
  • How do you define culture?
  • What do our students think culture is?
  • What is the difference between Culture and
    culture?
  • Culture culture

6
Teaching culture and cultures at EF
7
The Common European Framework
  • Beyond language teaching
  • Knowledge of the world
  • Sociocultural knowledge
  • Practical skills social, living, vocational
  • Intercultural skills
  • Self-knowledge attitude, motivation, values,
    believes, cognitive style, personality

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Living conditions
  • living standards (with regional, class and ethnic
    variations)
  • housing conditions
  • welfare arrangements

10
Everyday living
  • food and drink, meal times, table manners
  • public holidays
  • working hours and practices
  • leisure activities (hobbies, sports, reading
    habits, media)

11
Interpersonal relations
  • relations of power and solidarity
  • relations between classes
  • relations between sexes (gender, intimacy)
  • family structures and relations
  • relations between generations
  • relations in work situations
  • relations between public and police, officials,
    etc.
  • race and community relations
  • relations among political and religious groups

12
Values, beliefs and attitudes
  • social class
  • occupational groups (academic, management, public
    service, skilled and manual
  • workforces)
  • wealth (income and inherited)
  • regional cultures
  • security
  • institutions
  • tradition and social change
  • history, especially iconic historical personages
    and events
  • minorities (ethnic, religious)
  • national identity
  • foreign countries, states, peoples
  • politics
  • arts (music, visual arts, literature, drama,
    popular music and song)
  • religion
  • humour

13
Body language
  • Knowledge of the conventions governing such
    behaviour form part of the user/learners
    sociocultural competence

14
Social conventions
  • punctuality
  • presents
  • dress
  • refreshments, drinks, meals
  • behavioural and conversational conventions
  • taboos
  • length of stay
  • leave-taking

15
Ritual behaviour
  • religious observances and rites
  • birth, marriage, death
  • audience and spectator behaviour at public
    performances and ceremonies
  • celebrations, festivals, dances, discos, etc.

16
Intercultural awareness
  • Negotiating the relationship from origin to
    target community

17
From theory to practice
  • How do you get culture in front of students?
  • Materials?
  • Activities?
  • Networking?
  • Exchanges?
  • Host families?

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Culture Files
  • Guides to host culture
  • Destinations and topics
  • New language
  • Practice activities
  • Personal reflections
  • Diary and sketchbook
  • Contact list
  • Developed by teachers

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Culture Files
  • Guides to host culture
  • Destinations and topics
  • New language
  • Practice activities
  • Personal reflections
  • Diary and sketchbook
  • Contact list
  • Developed by teachers

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Englishman on the Road
  • Guest teachers
  • Sent from ILS
  • Great reviews
  • Fun topics

Contact your local EF office to request a guest
teacher.
22
Conclusion
  • What is culture in your classroom?
  • Teaching culture and cultures at EF
  • What the Common European Framework says
  • From theory to practice
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