Intercultural Language Activities with CD-ROM

Intercultural Language Activities with CD-ROM

by John Corbett

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Overview

Are you looking for interesting activities that engage learners in cultural exploration and language learning?

Intercultural Language Activities contains over 80 practical activities and projects that will enable your learners to examine not only their own language and culture, but also that of others. This book considers topics such as domestic and public life, childhood, food, icons, sport, politics and body language. It helps learners mediate in situations of cultural misunderstanding and gives them the ability to interpret cultural symbols and characteristics, such as those found in postcards, advertisements and newspapers. In engaging with these topics, learners become intercultural explorers and raise their level of communicative competence.

This book also looks at the impact of electronic communication on intercultural language education and has a chapter dedicated to starting intercultural exchanges on the Internet.

Offers an exciting mix of classroom activities and project work.

Step-by-step instructions mean the activities are easy to use and require minimal preparation.

Activities can be used in any order and at any point in a language programme.

The CD-ROM provides print-friendly photocopiable worksheets and reading texts which can be put to immediate use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521741880
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/14/2010
Series: Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Thanks and acknowledgements viii

Introduction 1

1 Setting up an online community 11

1.1 Setting up an online intercultural exchange 12

1.2 Describing an e-partner 15

1.3 Starting an online discussion 16

1.4 Developing an online discussion 19

1.5 Netiquette: devising rules for an online community 23

1.6 Exploring culture through a virtual mascot 24

1.7 Intercultural film club 26

1.8 Journal of intercultural discussions 28

2 Mediations 31

2.1 Levels of formality 32

2.2 Job interview 36

2.3 Gender and sympathy 40

2.4 Personal critical incidents 42

2.5 Styles of conflict resolution 44

2.6 Conflict mediation 47

2.7 Reflecting on conflict 50

2.8 Questioning and defending a belief 51

3 Domestic life 53

3.1 Our house, my territory 54

3.2 Sofa studies 58

3.3 Television viewing habits 61

3.4 Domestic duties 63

3.5 Which song reminds you of...? 66

3.6 A day in the life 67

4 Public spaces 69

4.1 An A-Z of signs in English 70

4.2 Comparing places 72

4.3 Café society 73

4.4 At the hairdresser's 75

4.5 Behaviour on public transport 78

4.6 Exploring an art gallery or museum 80

4.7 Street performers 82

4.8 Going out for the evening 85

4.9 Holiday photographs 86

5 Face to face 88

5.1 Sharing stories in conversation 89

5.2 Supporting talk 91

5.3 Exploring non-verbal communication 93

5.4 The eyes have it 96

5.5 Empathy and body language 99

5.6 Gestures 102

5.7 In the office 104

5.8 Exploring informal language 108

6 Interviewing 113

6.1 Developing interview questions 113

6.2 Following up interview questions 118

6.3 Exploring assumptions 120

6.4 The interviewers from another planet 123

6.5 Preparing for an online interview 125

7 Interpretations 130

7.1 Postcards 131

7.2 Analysing advertisements 132

7.3 Writing an online review 134

7.4 Proverbs across cultures: using the TIME corpus 137

7.5 Famous quotations in action 141

7.6 Comparing newspapers around the world 144

8 Childhood 146

8.1 Children's games 146

8.2 Children's toys 149

8.3 Classrooms from culture to culture 151

8.4 The language we bring to school 156

8.5 Childhood's end 159

9 Icons 162

9.1 Five most famous... 163

9.2 Founding figures 165

9.3 National bards 167

9.4 International heroes 170

9.5 Someone I admire 172

10 Sport 174

10.1 Local sports 174

10.2 Team sports: cultural associations 180

10.3 The language of fandom 183

10.4 Cheerleading 187

10.5 Attending a sports event 191

10.6 Debate on blood sports 193

11 Food 197

11.1 National dishes: cultural associations 197

11.2 Regional and ethnic cuisine 201

11.3 International food 205

11.4 Food idioms: using the British National Corpus 207

11.5 Shopping lists 211

11.6 Supermarket psychology 212

12 Politics 216

12.1 Political symbols 217

12.2 Politicians' body language 219

12.3 Political debate 223

13 Religion 227

13.1 Religions: cultural associations 228

13.2 Being accepted into a religion 231

13.3 Religious services 233

14 Presenting an image 235

14.1 Choosing a wardrobe 235

14.2 A question of style 237

14.3 Exploring a fashion 'look' 239

14.4 Smelling sweet 242

14.5 Making up 244

14.6 Living dolls 250

Further reading and resources 253

Index 258

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