VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Affirming the Role of the Learner's Culture in the Overall English Language Learning Experience
Claudine Malis, Cherrylyn Mahipos

Building: Library
Room: D101
Last modified: 2019-08-30


One of the many struggles English-language learners encounter is how the materials they use in class and the topics they learn about feel foreign to them. While this should be typical as English really is foreign to a learner who speaks a language other than English, in some context, it is ideal for a learner to begin, or process or end his or her learning experience from a place of familiarity. Various English-language courses are typically delivered with the aid of learning materials from Western authors, primarily using Western settings as examples. This is understandable, however it poses challenges both to the teacher and the students. In an effort to put together the concept of “starting from a familiar place”, that is student’s culture, with the ultimate goal of English-language acquisition, "calibrating" different basic lessons in English for non-Western learners might be a good idea. This workshop aims to demonstrate how English-language teachers can incorporate facets of the learner's rich culture in the whole teaching and learning process. It will demonstrate how lesson contents and class activities can be enhanced through inputs from the learner’s very own culture.