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Topic of the Week:

Are You Interested in Culture? The Limiting Nature of Using Learner Interests as a Vehicle for Engagement
Sep 17, 2018

By Stephanie Knight, CASLS Assistant Director

Culture is both critical and slippery content in language classrooms. This dual nature of culture exists due to a variety of complex variables that can be distilled into the disconnect between what is overt (food, flags, and festivals), and what is more nuanced (perceptions, belief systems, positive and negative facing acts). As a result, the work of a language educator is not unlike the work of a paleontologist; he or ...Read more







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