Integrating Culture into your Language Instruction
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How can you infuse Culture into your classes?
Also take some time to reflect or take action on some of the questions posted below the video.
Source: Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 workshop
Nowadays, their online intercultural project has also generated new projects and ideas at other institutions and/or schools in order to empower students in our ever-changing and interconnected world. As stated in their site, "We, language teachers, are particularly well-positioned to play a key role in helping our students understand another culture since we teach both language and culture. However, more often than not we tend, in our language classes, to focus our attention on developing our students' linguistic skills and we spend rather limited time developing their understanding of the "foreign" culture. Cultura is an attempt to make culture the core of the language class, so as to respond to the increasing needs of our students within our global world."
I invite you to check out their Cultura site and navigate through their tabs and/or access a Cultura-inspired ePub focusing on Asian and Pacific languages.
.. and if you are wondering what an intercultural exchange may look like, check out this Google+ Hangout or this Cultura-inspired Online Café.
The following video excerpt is taken from the online institute I attended: "Fundamentals of PBLL" developed at the National Foreign Language Resource Center with assistance from the Center for Language & Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa:
Are you ready to connect internationally?
- Connect All Schools has a page dedicated to international collaboration and exchange which could be an excellent place to start.
Other possible resources include:
- The US-DOE’s teacher’s guide to international collaboration on the Internet,
- NeuPals (for China),
- iEARN (fee-based),
- as well as Skype in the Classroom ... and many more!
What platforms may be used?
- Google Groups: This is a very simple, free platform for hosting discussions; it does require a Google (GMail) account for all participants.
- Wikispaces: Create a Wikispaces classroom and simply have all the participants join. You can click “add discussion” at the bottom of any page.
- Appear.In: The simplest, easiest Web-based conferencing you can imagine!
- Google Hangouts: Also for Web-based conferencing; requires a Google account for all participants.
21st Century Skills
- ACTFL's position on Global Competence
- Article: How interculturality is changing our view of culture.
- An introduction to Developing Cultural Competency.
- Developing Globally Competent Students through PBL