Integrating culture in language teaching does not mean simply filling the last 10 minutes of a class with a cultural activity or embedding a “Culture Day” in the syllabus. Impactful learning occurs when culture is intentionally and thoughtfully interwoven into language teaching through a complete process, from lesson planning to delivering and assessing. In this interactive workshop, participants will experience this process with specific supports (guidelines, examples, templates) to see what a culture-as-center language class looks like. A variety of activities will be modeled in this workshop enabling participants to engage as learners and reflect as teachers.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- describe key areas to consider when planning to interweave culture into the language classroom;
- adapt meaningful activities to apply in their specific language teaching context; and
- identify useful assessment tools to use in their culture-as-center classroom.
Kaishan Kong is Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she teaches Chinese language and culture courses. Dr. Kong has also taught in the STARTALK program and the CARLA Summer Institute program for many years. Her research centers around intercultural communicative competence, language acquisition, and teacher training. She was recognized as both a Fulbright Scholar finalist (2020) and a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (2015) for her work on interculturalism and language education.
Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for language teachers of any language at the elementary through the postsecondary level as well as language teacher educators.