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January 09, 2008

Teacher Development- Cultural Awareness Training

Hello Readers,

If you've ever sat around a table with people who have taught in different places of the world, you know how interesting conversations can be ... until you hear the same stories again and again and again ... But seriously, English Language Teachers do have a wealth of information ...

... at their finger tips, that they often end up taking for granted. In fact, as ELT professionals end up working with a variety of students with different backgrounds, they often up understanding the different customs and ways of thinking of individuals quite well.

To make use of that information, it might be a good idea to have a Cultural Awareness Training day, where each teacher can give a little presentation about what to expect from different students, including what offensive body language which might not seem offensive to you, country-specific language problems, etc.

You could even compile this information into a document for future training and/or for lessons for the students.

If you have any cultural awareness tips that you'd like to share with others, feel free to share them below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan

Posted by crueckert at January 9, 2008 04:46 AM

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I want to write an ESL text book for elementary and junior high schools in rural Liberia, West Africa, but I have no idea how to begin writing the project. Can you give me some tips?

Posted by: Ray Toe at January 29, 2008 05:17 AM

Hi Ray,

Here are a few things you might want to think about before you start:

1. What is missing from other books that are used in Liberia at the moment?
2. What do you like about other books that are used in Liberia at the moment?
3. What kind of teaching methodology do you want to base your book on?
4. How many components do you want to include (e.g., Coursebook, Teacher's book, workbook, CD-rom, internet forum, etc.)
5. What kind of book do you want to write- a general English course covering all the main skills, a conversational English book, an activity book, etc.

This should give you a good start. You can then go on to write a general outline for your books, a theme for each of the units, etc., and then start writing.

Hope that helps!

Good luck!


Posted by: Carol at January 29, 2008 08:47 AM

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