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Event: Cultural Fluency: An Essential Skill for Today's World
Date: Wednesday, June 08 2011 11:00 AM (GMT +01:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
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Approximately 80 % of the people who speak English in the world today are not native speakers of English. This startling reality compels us to broaden our pedagogical focus for today's learners, who will have to navigate the world of work, study, and travel among people of diverse language backgrounds and unfamiliar cultures. Offering a rationale and a syllabus for integrating the skill of cultural fluency with language instruction, this presentation proposes shifting the treatment of ?culture? from content to skill, greatly accelerating students' ability to communicate verbally and socially with confidence and ease.
Joan Saslow has taught in a variety of programs in South America and the United States. She is author of a number of multi-level integrated-skills courses for adults and young adults: Ready to Go: Language, Lifeskills, and Civics; Workplace Plus: Living and Working in English; and of Literacy Plus. She is also author of English in Context: Reading Comprehension for Science and Technology. Ms. Saslow was the series director of True Colors and True Voices. She participates in the English Language Specialist Program in the U.S. Department of State?s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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