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Culture

Culture

Culture is sometimes referred to as the 'fifth skill' after speaking, writing, listening and reading. It seems to be one of those topics which is difficult to be 'concrete' about - what do we mean exactly by culture, and how is it relevant for us as language teachers and the learners in our classrooms? English is increasingly (and will continue to be so for a while yet) at the heart of globalisation - globalisation of commerce, the arts, education ... it is the language people from all sorts of different backgrounds (i.e. cultures) use to communicate. As teachers, in addition to understanding our own learners, we need to understand who they are likely to communicate with in the future. Are they likely to be globally mobile, or more likely to be communicating with other English speakers in their own country?

In this workshop, we will consider all of this, and also take a look at a series of videos on the Premier Skills English website, and think about how they can be useful to you in integrating 'culture' into your classroom.

You can download all the materials from the workshop in the downloads section on the right. You can complete some of the materials online by taking a look at the activities in the activities section, and if you have any questions or comments about the workshop we would be happy to hear from you. You can add your comments in the discuss section. We hope you enjoy the workshop.

Workshop on Culture

The following activities on the topic of culture are intended to help you think about what you learnt from the video.   

Activity 1: In this activity, have a read of some example materials and decide how important they are for your learners.
How important is it to learn about different language communities?

Activity 2: In this next activity, look at the different opinions about using and teaching culture in the classroom. There are no right or wrong answers, the opinions are intended to get you thinking about how you use culture in the classroom with your learners.
What do you think about teaching culture in the classroom?


 

 

Form

Premier Skills English online questionnaire for teachers

The British Council and Premier League would like to know what you think about the Premier Skills English website.  We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire.

Please tick one box to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Premier Skills English materials that you have used on this website.

What do you think?

How important is culture in your lessons?

How would you describe the role of culture in the teaching of English?

Do you think your learners will need to communicate in English with people from different cultures and backgrounds? Why/Why not?

What kind of materials do you use to raise awareness of different cultures?

 

Write a message and tell us what you think.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
07/07/2020
TR
6511
points

Culture is very important because it helps teachers to decide on choosing the topics and the language appropriacy that you can use inside the classroom.
Sure students need to communicate with others from different nationalities and cultures so they should be aware of diversity and culture difference.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
07/07/2020 15:50
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

Culture is very important because it helps teachers to decide on choosing the topics and the language appropriacy that you can use inside the classroom.
Sure students need to communicate with others from different nationalities and cultures so they should be aware of diversity and culture difference.

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1Manchester United142711
2Liverpool110336
3Chelsea89350
4Arsenal85555
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7Newcastle United10516
8West Ham United7538
9AFC Bournemouth4569
10Crystal Palace4486

Level

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Goals

To understand the role of culture in English language teaching

To look at practical approaches of incorporating that role into classroom activities

To consider how content from the Premier Skills English website can support these approaches