Posted on 09/25/2015 at 10:09 AM by Liz Determan
Recently I read something that reaffirmed we need to do a better job of being aware of our limitations when it comes to cultural awareness. The article stated:
“Some students may have very different cultural perceptions in the classroom as far as learning a second language is concerned. Cultural differences in communication styles and preferences are also significant. For example, a study looked at Chinese ESL students and British teachers and found that the Chinese learners did not see classroom discussion and interaction as important but placed a heavy emphasis on teacher-directed lectures.”
Are we prepared to address cultural awareness in our classrooms? If not, what do we need to do to become more aware? Better prepared?