What is culture and how is it connected to language? How are one's own and others' assumptions, attitudes and behaviors shaped by language and culture? How do we use language to shape our own and others' identities? How do we learn language in and outside the classroom? What happens when people who speak different languages come into contact? What happens when the languages of the teachers are different from the languages of the students? Taking advantage of being in a "foreign" culture, we will explore these questions, discussing theoretical as well as practical considerations impacting how culture and language meet (and often conflict) in the classroom setting. Although this course is titled "Language & Culture in the Classroom" the course is intended for anyone who has ever wondered about the relationship between language and culture. There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this course.
(This course is one of three courses that constitute the Georgia state add-on endorsement for TESOL in public schools.)