VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Facilitating Communicative Competence by Considering Learners’ Cultural Backgrounds: Implications for Inclusive EFL Classrooms
Tung Ngoc Vu, My Hoang Thieu Tran, Thao Thi Thu Nguyen

Building: Library
Room: D101
Last modified: 2019-07-17


The workshop demonstrates how Vietnamese ELT teachers facilitate communicative competence among adolescent learners. It is grounded on an aim to promote the benefits of EFL on cultivating the learners’ pride in maintaining their identities. The talk is based in the high-school learning environment, which helps address the over-reliance on Grammar-Translation Method as well as teachers’ low skills of assessment as causes of learners’ limited language use and decreased motivations (Bui, 2016). Inspired by the presenters’ research on a small-scaled project that reports on the benefits of employing students’ cultural background in order to create an inclusive learning and learner-centered environment. The presenters, adopting Canale & Swain (1980), will justify by an example which involves teaching the adjectives’ order based on an integration of cultural dimensions. This expectedly allows a maximum of opportunities to encourage learners to recognize, include and negotiate their personal and cultural identities with other peers through Speaking meaning-making processes. Around the underlying weakness of language instruction as aforementioned, before a deeper analysis of steps, the presenters will inform quickly theoretical concepts which guide the indicated analysis. Especially, the concepts are meant to be related specifically to teaching English language in which culture is embedded. Before ending the session, the presenters will also share some tips on how to comment on students’ work effectively to encourage learners’ motivation and confidence in actively using English as an additional language.