Teaching Languages, Culture, or Both? - Helsinki
Available in: Dublin, Brussels, Helsinki, Palma de Mallorca
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Today’s students need to cope with intercultural encounters in many of their daily life situations, be it when traveling abroad or staying in their hometown. Because of this, language teachers need to integrate cultural education in the classroom. But how can we teach language and culture at the same time?
This course will introduce the participants to different techniques for inserting cultural elements in language curricula and classroom activities. Because language and culture are not separated, neither can they be taught separately. Accordingly, the course will emphasize the importance of teaching culture along with language.
By learning about the Intercultural Language Teaching Approach, participants will realize the importance of shifting their teaching objectives: from those focusing on promoting fluency in a foreign language to those aimed at developing the intercultural speakers of the future. Hands-on activities will boost participants’ confidence and motivation in introducing such an approach in their classroom.
Course participants will also explore multiple methods, approaches, and teaching strategies for teaching culture in a way that best fits their students. They will acquire the necessary tools to foster cultural understanding through the use of authentic materials and different types of media. The course will provide model exercises to promote cultural awareness and intercultural understanding.
Engaging in many hands-on activities, participants will learn how to help their students become aware of the fact that every member of a given culture has a different viewpoint, and that all viewpoints should be valued and respected.
By the end of this course, participants will know how to use a variety of techniques to teach culture along with the target language, and to encourage curiosity, awareness, and empathy among students from different cultural backgrounds.
Continue reading: Discover the learning outcomes and the tentative schedule of this course.
Course categories: Languages and CLIL and Classroom Management
Languages and CLIL: You can teach a foreign language by using various methods, that is why we provide courses on many different aspects of language learning. Depending on which teaching skill you want to foster, you can choose from courses on proficiency, accuracy and fluency, or you can learn about innovative teaching strategies, with and without digital tools. Also, we offer many courses on Content and Language Integrated Learning with various topics related to traditional school subjects or to the culture of a European country.
Classroom Management: Do you want your students to be more focused in class? Thanks to the new educational techniques (such as the flipped classroom, project-based learning, remote teaching, collaborative learning, student-centered learning) your students will participate in class with more enthusiasm creating a fruitful and healthier classroom environment. In our Classroom Management courses, you will enhance your ability to include students with special needs and motivate everyone. Furthermore, you will have the chance of learning how to manage a multicultural classroom and prevent possible conflicts.
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