ERIC Number: ED400688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-16
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Chinese Speech Students for a Multicultural World.
Jones, Nathan B.
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are responsible not only for teaching students about the rules of language, but also for encouraging the understanding of and empathy for those who are native and non-native speakers of the target language. Where there is cultural diversity, there is often intolerance, and Taiwan is no exception. A multicultural component has been integrated into an English speech class in the form of a long-term project resulting in a presentation on multiculturalism. Classroom work focuses on problem-solving and communicative skills, both formal and informal, through lectures and discussion of multiculturalism, cultural differences, and cultural tolerance. Results of cultural intolerance in Taiwan's history and potential areas for cultural conflict between Asian and Western cultures are also explored. Formal oral presentations conclude the course. This approach is intended as a practical step in preparing students to understand multiculturalism in their individual lives and in Taiwan's society, and to become proficient, responsible members of the international English-speaking community. Contains 22 references. A syllabus is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan