Culture as Core
in the Second Language Classroom

July 24–28, 2017

The national Standards for Foreign Language Learning state that students "cannot truly master...language until they have also mastered the cultural context in which the language occurs." Cultural learning helps students discover there are multiple ways of viewing the world, which is the first step toward developing the intercultural competence necessary to participate fully in an increasingly global community. Weaving together theory and practice, this interactive institute will help teachers develop instructional strategies for integrating language learning into a systematic culture curriculum, as well as tools and techniques for assessing growth in intercultural understanding.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

Day 1 Frameworks for Organizing Culture Learning
  • Challenges of Culture Teaching and Learning
  • What is Culture?
  • Frameworks for Culture-and-Culture Learning
  • Culture as Core
Day 2 Focus on the Learner: Preparation, Objectives, Development Stages
  • Defining Objectives for Culture Learning
  • Moving from Language Proficiency to Intercultural Competence
Day 3 Pedagogical Models for Integrating Culture and Language: Topics, Texts, Tasks
  • Tools to Promote Culture Learning
  • Content-Based Instruction
  • Topics, Texts and Tasks for Integrating
    Culture and Language
Day 4 Techniques for Exploring Culture Using Language
  • Concept Exploration, D-I-E Model, and Critical Incidents
  • Using Realia, Authentic Texts, and Literature
  • Evaluating and Adapting the Culture Content of Textbooks
Day 5 Assessing Culture Learning
  • Traditional and Alternative Forms of Assessment
  • Assessing Knowledge, Skills, and
    Critical Cultural Awareness
  • Devising an Action Plan

After this institute, you will be able to:


Wendy Allen, professor of French at St. Olaf College, has been teaching French language and culture for some 40 years. She has worked extensively in second language acquisition, with particular emphasis on languages across the curriculum, and wrote the only first-year university-level French
text organized around culture.

Francine Klein earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Second Languages and Cultures Education. She has been teaching for more than 40 years, most recently as Distinguished Lecturer of French and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Target Audience
: Late elementary school to postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers and teacher educators.


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