Culture : A way to learn a Foreign Language

Juan Carlos Laguado Bastos Sindy Liseth Díaz Pacheco

Culture : A way to learn a Foreign Language • Ages: 11-19
• Duration: 4 weeks • Tools: software (PowerPoint), publisher, internet, video, photos and drawings. • Elements: National costumes, food, music, folk dances.

Main Objective
• The goal of this project is to stimulate languages’ learning and to improve oral skills. Students will learn culture in a cooperative way, sharing information about different Anglophone countries.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
• Students will develop speaking skills through oral presentations talking about Anglophone countries, their festivals, holidays, foods, and clothing. • Students will develop cooperative learning . • Students will gain knowledge of the culture from another part of the world.

• students will develop skills of critical thought when one looks for, selects and organizes information about the chosen subject. • Students will demonstrate artistic skills through different performances, such as dances, recipes, songs, drawings and theater.

Proccess

1. To begin:
Activating Prior Knowledge about culture of Anglophone countries. • Display web sites and other resources about culture around world in the classroom. Allow students to explore and interact with the materials to build motivation about the project.

• Conduct a class discussion about culture of Anglophone Countries to elicit prior knowledge. Ask question such as: ¨What kind of music do people from Australia listen to?¨ ¨What is the traditional food and costume of Canada?¨ • After a classroom discussion, motivate students to write a short writing about cultural aspects of their favorite Anglophone country. • To ask students to work in pairs.

• The students will select the Anglophone country. • They will look for information (via internet/library). • They will organize the material about the chosen country and prepare it by using slides, poster, images.
• The teachers monitor the students work.

2. To collect and classify the information

3. To present the Anglophone Country
• Students will present their speech by using different tools such as: slides, posters, images, brochures. • Students will show a performance about the Anglophone Country. E.g.: A dance, a song, a poem, a play, a recipe. • The audience will ask questions to the lecturers about the presentation of the Anglophone country.

• students will make comments about all the presentation in an evaluation sheet given by the teacher , they will keep in mind the quality of the language, the content, the disposition and the relevance of the presentations. • The teacher will ask students to do a selfassessment.

4. Reflect/Assess

• The teacher will give a feedback about the different presentations and suggestions for further lectures. • Finally, the teacher will give students their grades individually taking into account the quality of speech, the tools used, the creativity of the performances.

THANKS A LOT!

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