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Intercultural Communication in ELT with Christopher Graham
Get iTDi certified in Intercultural Communication this June.
In this 4-week course you'll explore the key theories and practical applications of intercultural communication for secondary, tertiary and occupational ELT programmes. Teachers joining this course will gain a broad overview of the key intercultural theories and their practical application. They will then go on to explore how these ideas can be used in the classroom setting as part of the overall strategy to develop 21st century skills. Teachers will examine both broad themes and specific activity types in a number of course settings including secondary school ELT, university foundation programmes and business and occupational English courses.
Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in June.
Live sessions (registered participants only)
- June 4th – course participants only (60 minutes)
- June 11th – course participants only (60 minutes)
- June 18th – course participants only (60 minutes)
- June 25th – course participants only (60 minutes)
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT (Check your local time here)
Certificate of Distinction
US $159 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation, and Private Mentoring
Certificate of Accomplishment
US $99 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation
Certificate of Completion
US $69 - Course, Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community
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Week 1: Intercultural Awareness – the background
This week will provide the foundation for the whole programme by identifying key reference points and attempting to answer some of the main questions that teachers have about intercultural issues. By the end of the week participants will have a framework to apply when integrating intercultural ideas into their ELT work. It is important to have some degree of understanding of key principles and practice before looking at ELT applications. The areas covered in the week will include:
- Definitions of culture and intercultural awareness.
- A (brief) look at the theories, including the work of Fons Trompenaars, Charles Hampden-Turner and Geert Hofstede.
- Real life applications both workplace-specific (e.g. multi-cultural teams) and culture-specific (e.g. working with the UK).
- Common intercultural flashpoints such as differing views of time or authority.
Week 2: Empathy and Awareness – 21st century skills
This week teachers will look at the reasons why intercultural communication can be a useful area to integrate into ELT and to clarify the core intercultural skills that we can build into our classes for both adults and young adults. The following areas will be explored in the week:
- Why should we integrate intercultural issues into ELT?
- How developing intercultural awareness increases engagement with the language as well as developing key skills in itself.
- How some of the core 21st century intercultural skills that can be built into all ELT classes, including:
- awareness of others
- The 'Issue Implication Strategy' approach to intercultural communication.
Week 3: Intercultural Awareness – some ideas for teaching adults
This week teachers will explore some practical ways that intercultural awareness can be integrated into adult ELT classes. The approach is both macro by considering both large scale ideas, and micro by looking at individual classroom activities. These areas will be explored:
- Overall strategies for integrating intercultural communication.
- Types of adult leaner and activities suited to them, to include
- business people
- professionals (e.g. lawyers or architects)
- general English learners with an interest in travel, global affairs etc.
The objectives and outcomes of each activity type will be discussed. The often unclear distinction between teaching intercultural awareness and using it as a tool for improved student engagement and learning will also be explored.
Week 4 Intercultural Awareness – some idea for teaching teenagers and young adults
Intercultural awareness in ELT can support areas such as school exchanges, school twinning, years abroad, increasingly multi-cultural campuses and ultimately, employability. This week teachers will look at how intercultural awareness can be integrated into ELT programmes for senior secondary school students, university preparatory courses and undergraduate and postgraduate students. The following areas will be discussed:
- How globalisation and social media use have made intercultural awareness highly significant to this age range.
- Objectives for integrating intercultural communication themes.
- Strategies for introducing intercultural communication into the ELT classroom at this age range.
Specific activity types and objectives. To include on and offline project work, social media applications, self-awareness raising activities and sessions around intercultural awareness in the future workplace or study environment.
This last week also includes a course summary and wrap-up.
Christopher Graham is a freelance ELT consultant, conference speaker and researcher based in the UK. He has worked in ELT for over 35 years as a teacher, director of studies and teacher educator. Christopher is currently working on an MPhil exploring the influence of English-medium education on national self-identity.
In 2016, Christopher worked on a series of teacher development and writing projects in Lebanon and Iraq for the British Council and Ministry of Education, and in Morocco and Western Sahara with the local association of English teachers. He also worked with the British Council on the production of secondary EFL materials for low-resource schools in Sierra Leone.
In recent years, he has worked as a course writer and trainer on the British Council SEEDS project in Algeria and delivered teacher development workshops in many countries including Mozambique, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia.
Christopher is also active in the field of cross cultural training and he lectures in this field on two MBAs for a German university. His corporate clients over the years have included Citibank, Facebook, Rolls Royce Aerospace, BMW and the British Foreign Office.