• 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 sociocultural contexts. How, for example, are learners supposed to address strangers, close friends, or people of higher social status in the L2 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/pragmatics and boost students' intercultural awareness of 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 the author of a teachers' guide, Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet (2nd edition).

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Section Title
Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness
Online, instructor led
Jun 24, 2024 to Jul 12, 2024
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

June 24–July 12, 2024
Asynchronous 3-week online summer institute


  • Book Purchase: The book Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet (2nd edition) is required for this online institute. The paperback version of the book (ISBN: 978-0367767082) is approximately $43 USD; the cost of an ebook version from Amazon is approximately $33. You may also be able to request a copy from your school or university library.
  • This institute is almost entirely asynchronous (not real time) with two deadlines each week.
  • You must keep up with assignments each week as they build on each other. Many assignments involve facilitation from the instructor and/or collaboration with other participants.
  • This institute will require a minimum of 12 hours of work per week.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

Refund Policy:

  • Written cancellation requests received on or before the Monday four weeks prior to the institute start date are eligible for a refund minus $50 processing fee per participant for each canceled institute. Please send cancellation/refund request to carla@umn.edu.
  • Cancellations received on or before the Monday two weeks prior to the institute start date will be charged $100.
  • No refunds will be granted after the Monday two weeks prior to the institute start date. See exact refund dates on the refund information page.

Contact Information:
For questions regarding course registration, materials, and content, please email carla@umn.edu.
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