Cultural awareness & the EFL classrooms

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Cultural awareness & the EFL classrooms

  1. 1. What is intercultural Learning? <ul><li>The process of becoming more aware of and of having a better understanding of one´s own culture and other cultures around the world. </li></ul><ul><li>We can not be competent in the target language if we do not understand the culture & how it relates to our own culture. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Cultural Awareness and the learning of a foreign language <ul><li>Being able to genuinely communicate with an understanding of the real world outside the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental feature of language & integral part of learning. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Intercultural Awareness & perspectives on Communication Chris Rose, British Council Italy <ul><li>Look at their own culture from the point of view of their own culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of how their culture is seen from outside. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the target culture from its own perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of how they see the target culture. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to include cultural aspects in your context <ul><li>Produce a guidebook, poster or webpage for visitors. </li></ul><ul><li>Read articles or extracts from books, newspapers, magazines. </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize students with information about the target culture(films, newspapers, TV, webpages, music). </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the non-native teacher(attitudes, perceptions, up-dating him-herself). </li></ul><ul><li>Planning activities in the clasroom (role plays, oral and written presentations, projects,etc). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Communicative Competence <ul><li>Functions: </li></ul><ul><li>- Talking about habitual actions. </li></ul><ul><li>- Expressing interest & surprise. </li></ul><ul><li>- Expressing Feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>- Expressing agreement & disagreement. </li></ul><ul><li>- Making polite requests. </li></ul><ul><li>- Making & expressing apologies. </li></ul><ul><li>- Asking for clarification. </li></ul><ul><li>- Complaining. </li></ul><ul><li>- Expressing Purpose. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Values & Beliefs of English Speaking Cultures <ul><li>Time Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomy. </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for him-herself & others. </li></ul><ul><li>Peer collaboration. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How does this affect the role of the Teacher? <ul><li>The teacher is an educator: </li></ul><ul><li>- They have to become more aware of the world around them. </li></ul><ul><li>- They are unique mediators of culture. </li></ul><ul><li>- They also have to be open minded. </li></ul>

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