One-day workshop: Bridging the Cultural Gap in the EAL Classroom

October 18, 2014

Block Timeframe Room Event
Introduction 9.30-9.50 TBA Introduction

Who should adapt to whom?
Trainer and participants
Workshop outline and learning outcomes

Key cross-cultural concepts 9.50-10.10 TBA Key cross-cultural concepts

Defining culture
Visible and invisible differences
Differentiating between generalizations and stereotypes

Hierarchy in the classroom 10.10-10.55 TBA Hierarchy in the classroom

Social status of professionals
Choice of courses / universities
Interactions between students and professors / other students
Interacting with support staff / program managers
Teaching methodology

Morning Break 10.55-11.05 TBA Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided.

Hierarchy in the workplace 11.05-11.30 TBA Hierarchy in the workplace

The relative importance of technical skills and soft skills
Taking initiative

Managing differences in people's sense of hierarchy 11.30-12.30 TBA Managing differences in people's sense of hierarchy

Case studies: Situations where differences in hierarchy makes a difference in and around the classroom
Group discussion: How can EAL teachers help prepare their students for egalitarian workplaces?

Lunch 12.30-13.15 TBA Lunch

Lunch is provided.

Feedback 13.15-14.15 TBA Feedback

Giving and receiving cross-cultural feedback
Group exercises
Group discussion: How can EAL teachers help their students understand the performance evaluation system typically used by Canadian corporations?

Afternoon Break 14.15-14.30 TBA Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided.

Individualism 14.30-15.20 TBA Individualism

Individualism in the classroom: Group work / plagiarism
What does “being a good team player” mean?
Group discussion: How can EAL teachers help their students understand what “being a good team player” means in Canada?

Coaching difficult students 15.20-15.50 TBA Coaching difficult students

The six-step coaching process
Role play in pairs

Conclusion 15.50-16.00 TBA Conclusion

Individual reflection: What will you personally do differently based on what you have learned today?
Final Q&A
Course evaluation


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