Course Description

Knowing a second language also means knowing a second culture. Learn what the term culture means and the purpose of knowing a culture for second language learners. Study how to integrate culture and intercultural explorations into the learning experience. Finally, examine the influences of culture on teaching and learning in both multi- and mono-cultural contexts. Discuss theory and practical elements of integrating peoples of different cultures.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Develop a broad theoretical framework of teaching principles within which the concept of culture can be explored;

  • Identify the characteristics of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in teaching culture as well as the role that motivation plays in the classroom;

  • Compare the nuances of culture, identity, ethnicity, and politics that are rooted in the minds of students and teachers;

  • Analyze yourself as a teaching professional and identify elements that require further professional development; and

  • Recognize moral and ethical dilemmas in the teaching and learning environment.

Supporting Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the implications that diversity has on teachers and learners;

  • Define diversity education in a sociopolitical and sociocultural context;

  • Intersect student learning styles with culture, identity and learning; and

  • Consider issues of diversity and inclusivity in lesson planning.


Formerly TSL 126 - Culture in Language Teaching


Completion of TSL Level 1 - TESL courses or TSL Level 1 - TIHL courses.


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Jun 27, 2023 to Aug 21, 2023
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $575.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Scrivener
Publisher: MacMillan ELT
ISBN: 978-0230729841

Title: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy
Edition: 4th
Authors: Brown, Lee
Publisher: Pearson ESL
ISBN: 978-0133925852

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Section Notes

Prerequisites: TSL Level 1 Certificate courses.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L.
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