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1 Teaching Cultural Competence

2 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 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 Boston ILS London ILS Cambridge Over 400 schools and offices

4 125 nationalities in our schools

5 Discussion How do you define culture? What do our students think culture is? What is the difference between Culture and culture? Cultureculture

6 International schools Language travel Corporate training Local schools Online learning 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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9 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?

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

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

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21 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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