• Institute Type: 3-week online—asynchronous
  • Target Audience: Elementary to postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers, material developers, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, administrators, and researchers.

A truly daunting challenge for second language learners is to adjust their language use so that it is socially acceptable for a variety of socio-cultural contexts. How, for example, are learners supposed to address strangers, close friends, or people of higher social status in that culture? Although acquiring culturally-sensitive discourse practices can take learners many years, research has shown that the process can be facilitated through explicit instruction.

This institute provides practical insights for teachers on how to enhance the learning of linguistic politeness and boost students' intercultural awareness and linguacultural diversity. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to develop activities and materials for the classroom.


Noriko IshiharaNoriko Ishihara is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and (T)ESOL at Hosei University, Japan. She has designed and researched pragmatics-focused instruction and classroom-based assessment in ESL, EFL, and Japanese. She has been facilitating professional development for language teachers in Japan, the US, and elsewhere since 2005 and is an author of a teachers' guide, Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet (2nd edition, with Andrew D. Cohen).

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