March 21, 2007, TESOL Seattle
Techniques for teaching culture in the classroom
- Literature and poetry
o What do you think about when you think about teaching culture?
o What do you mean by culture?
- Exploring values
- Exploring proverbs
- Survival basics
- Classroom culture
- Register and politeness
- Culture assimilators or critical incidents
- Exploring idioms & expressions
- Explaining the cycle of adapting to culture shock
- Students as experts
o What should we teach?
o How should we teach?
o Additional Techniques
Bibliography and recommended reading
Althen, G., Doran, A.R., & Szmania, S.J. (2002). American ways: A guide for foreigners in the United States (2nd ed.). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
Brake, T. & Walker, D. (1995). Doing business internationally: The workbook to cross-cultural success. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Training Press.
Clark, R.C. (2004). The ESL miscellany: A treasury of cultural and linguistic information (new 21st cent. ed.). Brattleboro, VT: Pro Lingua Associates.
Datesman, M.K., Crandall, J., & Kearney, E.N. (2005). American ways: An introduction to American culture (3rd ed.). White Plains, NY: Pearson.
DeCapua, A. & Wintergerst, A. (2004). Crossing cultures in the language classroom. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Fantini, A.E. (Ed.). (1997). New ways in teaching culture. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
Gaston, J. (1984). Cultural awareness teaching techniques. Brattleboro, VT: Pro Lingua Associates.
Jerald, M. & Clark, R.C. (1994). Experiential language teaching techniques: Out-of-class language acquisition and cultural awareness activities (2nd revised ed.). Brattleboro, VT: Pro Lingua Associates.
Kohls, L.R. & Knight, J.M. (1994). Developing intercultural awareness: A cross-cultural training handbook (2nd ed.). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
Kohls, L.R. (1996). Survival kit for overseas living: For Americans planning to live and work abroad (3rd ed.). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
Moran, P.R. (2001). Teaching culture: Perspectives in practice. Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
Seelye, H.N. (1993). Teaching culture: Strategies for intercultural communication. (3rd Ed.). Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
Thomas, D.C. & Inkson, K. (2003). Cultural intelligence: People skills for global business. San Francisco: Berrett-Kohler.
Valdes, J.M. (Ed.). (1986). Culture bound: bridging the cultural gap in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.