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Enhancing language learning through intercultural competence

Sadie Maddocks

How can we enrich young learners’ understanding of how language and culture are connected? How can we raise awareness of cultural diversity at the same time as developing the English language skills of children?

These are challenges which need to be addressed in the light of ASEAN and the fact that in our globalized world, citizens are becoming increasingly more mobile. As English has become the lingua franca across South East Asia, young learners need to develop both their linguistic skills and their understanding of how cultural diversity impacts regional cooperation. Intercultural language teaching considers language and culture as inseparable entities, so teachers of young learners should facilitate students in expanding their world view alongside developing their English proficiency.

This workshop will explore fun activities which maximize opportunities to develop both our young learners’ cultural awareness and ability to use English.