Culture, Intercultural Communication and ESOL
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Languages
Course Number: NMAT 5154
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
This course addresses the cultural dimension of language teaching and learning. Culture is a vast, complex phenomenon, complicated further by its relationship with a global language that is associated with many cultures, like English. When persons from different cultures come into contact and interact in English, the focus expands to include intercultural communication. Language teachers need practical strategies and theories to make culture and intercultural communication accessible to learners. The content is based on these central precepts: 1) to understand and communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures, we must know ourselves and our own culture; 2) to learn culture, we must know how to communicate accurately and appropriately, how to establish relationships with others, how to carry out cultural research and how to achieve empathy; 3) to teach the cultural dimension, we must know how culture can be learned in classrooms.
Open to Graduate students.
Open to TESOL students.