Language, Culture and Diversity
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- 22 Feb 2021
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On successful completion of this Unit the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of language, culture and diversity in relation to contemporary TESOL practice and theory.
- Reflect critically on the contextual impact of language and culture on TESOL pedagogy.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the contribution of sociolinguistics in theorising teaching and learning in a TESOL context.
- Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates and issues related to the multi-contextual nature of English language teaching (ELT) as a socio-cultural activity.
- Enhance your writing skills related to academic writing.
- Introduction to the unit
- What is culture?
- What is the connection between language and culture?
- How might the cultural context interact with language teaching?
- Intercultural communication
- Unpacking the ‘third space’
- Classroom implications of intercultural language teaching
- A critical perspective on culture and language teaching
- Learner identities
- Language and identity
- Culture, stereotyping and prejudice
- What do ELTs need to consider in relation to prejudice, culture and language?
- Do ELTs need to think and reflect on racism?
- What do we mean by ‘World Englishes?’
- How did English ‘spread’?
- World Englishes
- How might world Englishes play a role in ELT?
- Identity and minority languages – the Australian context
- Theories of politeness – What do language teachers need to know about politeness?
- Designing intercultural classroom experiences
- Change, culture and TESOL
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This unit explores the complex relationship between language and culture, and considers both in terms of linguistic and cultural diversity. The unit applies understandings of each to the teaching and learning of language. An emphasis is placed on understanding 'culture' from a range of critical perspectives, and to explore the way in which intercultural communication is at play in English language learning and teaching. Issues of identity, the emergence of 'world Englishes', and the contribution of critical sociolinguistics are considered in relation to the practice of English language learning and teaching
- Essay OR take home test (70%)
- Personal reflection on language, culture and diversity (30%)
Current study term: 21 Feb 21 to 30 May 21)
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