This 40-hour course explores the nature of culture and the role of cultural factors in the teaching and learning of English as a second, additional or foreign language. The focus is on cultural and individual identity construction and on interaction between students and teachers with various cultural characteristics. As one of four courses that constitute the Global TESOL Certificate Program, this course is consists of 30 hours of classroom time (seat time) and 10 hours of online component. Activities include lecture, interactive study, readings, study guides, Internet activities, exercises in new ways of learning about culture, guidelines for analysis of textbooks, cultural boundary crossings, integrated reflection regarding the issues of culture and language, and the completion of the portfolio and the online component. Required text: Developing Multicultural Educators, by Jana Noel.
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Mrs. Leigh Lawrence has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a student services specialist. Her background includes teaching, counseling, academic advising, and serving as a director of student activities. In 2007, Mrs. Lawrence earned her Global TESOL Certificate and worked as an English as a Second Language instructor at the Latin American Association, Asian-American Resource Center, and Business Linguistics. Currently she is the lead instructor for the Global TESOL Certificate Program offered through the Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University. She created and developed a career component for the Global TESOL Certificate Program, which includes consulting, career presentations, and job referrals for TESOL students and graduates. Her personal global experience includes traveling in European and Caribbean locales. In addition she is an online English instructor with eTeacher Group, an international online language academy. Mrs. Lawrence holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Currently she is a candidate for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in TESOL from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Sarah Anne Shope, PhD, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching English to speaker of other languages and teacher training. She has been active in developing and facilitating Global TESOL training courses and programs, and her areas of expertise include applied linguistics/language acquisition, issues of culture and language, methodology for teaching English as a second language and/or foreign language, creative and academic writing and world literature. As a professional writer, she has considerable commercial, literary and academic publication credits, and is the author of Global TESOL: An Orientation Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She holds a Master of Education in TESOL, Master of Arts in Professional Writing, and PhD in Education.
This course intended for individuals who can listen, speak, read and write in English.
Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom by Andrea DeCapua, EdD, and Ann C Wintergerst, EdD ISBN-10: 0472089366 | ISBN-13: 978-0472089369. Not included in course fee.
Instructor: Sarah Shope, MAPW, MS Ed TESOL, PhD
Target Audience: Individual interested in the field of TESOL as a hobby, avocation or career. People from all walks of life, all education backgrounds, languages, and countries. Participants may take this as an individual course or as one module of the Global TESOL Certificate Program.
Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom by Andrea DeCapua, EdD, and Ann C Wintergerst, EdD ISBN-10: 0472089366 | ISBN-13: 978-0472089369
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Teaching Methodology and Assessment: Methodology includes lecture, interactive small-group studies, cross-cultural activities, and 25% online component.
Criteria for Successful Completion: At a minimum, for a Clayton State University Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs: 80% of all class sessions attendance, active participation and a completed evaluation for the course. In addition, completion of the online component is required.
Hours needed to successfully deliver this course: 40 hours
CEUs to be awarded: 4.0