Intercultural activitiesin the EnglishclassroomBy: Ivan Aguilar
ObjectivesBy the end of this presentation we’ll have…• Reviewed the concept of culture• Explained how knowledge of cultureinfluences people’s ability to communicatein a second language• Experienced intercultural activites• Identified a framework to introduceintercultural activites in the Englishclassroom
Why is culture important inLanguage Teaching?1. The rise in economic importance of thepacific rim countries.2. Immigration3. The study of pragmatics4. The study of non-verbal aspects ofcommunication5. Communication technology
So, what is Culture?• Any construction of the human being•Culture.- most representative elements of acountry’s culture (history, art, institutions, music)and way of life.• Culture.-behavior, beliefs, perceptions expressedto language and determine the acceptance(sometimes rejection) of a person in the hostcommunity.
What is happening to Englishthese days?NativeEnglishSpeakerSpeakersof otherlanguagesNon-nativeEnglishspeaker
What are the goals of teachingculture in the English classroom?Through teaching culture we help our students to1. Access the culture through the language beingtaught2. Aim for students to achieve socio-economiccompetence they feel they need3. Achieve cross cultural understanding-awareness oftheir own culture and that of the target language.4. Recognize that learning about a culture does notimply behavior change but awareness and tolerance
Concepts to keep in mind1. Individualism-collectivism2. Power distance3. Uncertainty avoidance4. Masculinity femininity
Activity 2: Greetings• How do people give business cards inJapan?• Practice giving your business cards toyour colleagues• Why (do you think) are business cardsgiven in Japan the way that way?• How did you feel giving the business cardsthe Japanese way?
Analyzing the experienceWhat information did you learn? How are the actions performed?Why are these greetings the waythey are?What did you feel/think aboutpracticing these greetings?
A framework to raise culturalawarenessWhat? How?Information about the cultural aspect.Information about the actions.The actual action, conditions andcontextWhy? SelfExplanations about the reasons for theactions.Cultural empathy/understandingFeelingsReasoningAdaptingAssimilatingRejecting
An exerciseImagine you are teaching English to peoplefrom different countries.Choose an aspect of your culture theyshould be aware ofHow would you teach it using theframework? (What/How/Why/Self)
A bilingual poemIf you’re sleepy in the jungleAnd you wish to find a PILLOW,Take a friendly word of warning:DO NOT USE AN ARMADILLO!
Identity…Though, as I hope this essayshows...your acceptance, while it wouldthrill me...will not define me.My identity rests firmly...and happily on one fact:I am my mothers daughter.Thank you.Cristina Moreno.