Importance Of Teaching Materials In The Classroom

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Damen (2003) points out that culture learning is a process that should be ongoing in the language classroom, and teachers should let students understand similarities and differences between the target culture and the culture of the student. Relating is important for intercultural competency, that students could relate a culture to another for awareness and respect similarities and differences between cultures. From lesson observations at ACS Cobham, teachers paid attention to designing classroom activities with much flexibility in teaching, and particularly to promoting different cultures. Texts in the English as an Additional Language (EAL) classroom included The Arrival by an Austrian Writer and Robin Hood for research regarding Medieval England. From the choice of texts, teachers displayed attention to intercultural education: texts were multicultural and activities designed for lessons promoted understanding of foreign cultures. Moreover, the teacher mentioned designing a family history research project for students. Support for students exploring their family history and learning about the family history of other classmates leads to not only intercultural awareness, but also appreciation of the student’s own heritage. Teaching materials in the English classroom at SRIS included movies, films and books, but texts, such as Romeo and Juliet and Wuthering Heights, were mostly related to the English culture. Besides, materials were focused on learning
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