Adding Value – Lessons on Culture
Language teachers must teach more than just language. It is also important to raise student (and teacher) awareness of the culture that is embedded and interwoven in all of our attitudes and communication. Unfortunate consequences can result when we assume that other people share the same concepts and values as we do. This interactive workshop will explore different areas where culture lessons can be brought into the classroom. These include nonverbal behavior such as, kinesics, proxemics, chronemics, and haptics, and verbal behavior, such as conversational style. The speaker will explain why lessons which are experiential are more effective than ones where students are only asked to use their cognitive skills. She will share actual lessons which have ‘worked’ and then set up hands-on sessions where participants will work together to develop culture exercises that will fit their particular contexts.
Donna Fujimoto has an MA from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and a doctorate from Temple University, Japan. She teaches undergraduates at Osaka Jogakuin University, graduate students at Temple University, Japan in Osaka, and international exchange students at Osaka Gakuin University and Kwansei University. She is the Coordinator of SIETAR Kansai (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), the Coordinator of the Pragmatics SIG of JALT, and the Coordinator of the Contrast Culture Method, an intercultural training approach. Her research interests include Conversation Analysis, pragmatics, and narrative analysis.