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.
After this institute, you will be able to:
- Understand and apply the theoretical and research-based frameworks of culture and culture learning;
- Create integrated language-and-culture learning objectives;
- Compare and evaluate
curricular models for integrating language and culture;
- Assess and use materials and techniques for teaching culture;
- Evaluate existing and design new ways of assessing language-and-culture learning; and
- Adapt and evaluate textbooks to make them conducive to language-and-culture learning.
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.