This is the website for "English Education and British and American Culture." This course will focus on ways of teaching English as a second language (ESL) using a variety of games, activities, and methods that promote "cultural literacy." Cultural literacy can be most simply defined as understanding the ways in which a language is understood as part of the larger culture within which it is spoken.
This website will contain all of the presentations and documents for the class. As we will not be using a specific textbook, selected readings will be posted on the website each week. The students are expected to carefully study the readings for the following week before class. There will be a test each week over the assigned readings.
Course Introduction: Culture and Cultural Fluency
"The Evolution of Culture" on Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris, PhD. (Neuroscience)
"World Makes Mind" on Big Think Podcast with Barbara Tversky, Phd (Cognitive Psychology)
U1 - Literature and Cultural Fluency I: Picture Books
U2 - Literature and Cultural Fluency II: Fairy Tales