ERIC Number: ED355818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Intercultural Orientation Activities for International ESL Students: 50 Module Lessons.
Fifty modules are presented for increasing the cultural and linguistic fluency of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students by integrating cultural awareness activities with language practice. The modules are intended for international students at an intermediate language level; they can, however, be used or adapted for beginning or advanced international students. The modules are based on two assumptions: (1) ESL students need to learn about the culture in which they are living; (2) language learning best occurs in meaningful contexts. Because cultural knowledge is needed information for ESL students as well as the context for establishing meaning in language usage, it is the primary focus of the language lesson. The lessons are divided into two broad categories: educational (Douglas College, educational preparation) and social (host family, social adaptation). The individual modules are one-page interactive lessons that combine cultural awareness activities with predominantly oral language practice. The format is standardized, usually consisting of opening questions to introduce students to the topic; directions for completing the main activity; the main activity, which is intended to develop students' cultural awareness; and follow-up activities for students to apply the new knowledge. (VWL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Douglas Coll., New Westminster (British Columbia). Centre for International Education.
Note: Contributor: Linda Ironside.