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Communicative Approach TESOL: Teaching Culture – Part I

Teaching culture is an integral part of teaching a language.  They are intricately woven together.  In order to communicate clearly and effectively in any language, learners must have knowledge of the language’s vocabulary, grammar, when and how to use them appropriately (function), and the corresponding body language.  Students also need to be able to read and make accurate assumptions about the other person’s meaning by evaluating his/her verbal and non-verbal cues.  When one is gauging the appropriateness of language and behaviour, culture must be considered.  It would be impossible to explain, for example, how to talk to a potential employer without talking about both the language and its culture.

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TESOL Icebreaker: Handshakes

Icebreaker ESL ActivityThere are many excellent icebreaker activities and game ideas for those first class meetings.  Sometimes, though, a simple handshake can be a very good way to quickly build rapport and capture the interest of your students from the very first class.

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