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    5: Rooted in Culture

Reflect on Your Learning

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

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Assignment In this session, you analyzed the cultural framework associated with the National Standards and looked at ways of integrating culture into the foreign language curriculum. You will now write a one- to two-page summary of what you have learned and how you plan to apply it in your classroom. Review the notes you have taken during this session, as well as your answers to the Reflect on Your Experience questions. Use the questions below to guide your writing. Consider including in your summary a web or image that depicts the role of culture in foreign language instruction. Be sure to label or describe your visual. You may also want to consider a specific unit that you teach and use the questions below to reflect on how you might teach this unit differently.
  1. How do I help my students understand cultural perspectives? How do I move the focus from products and practices to perspectives in a way that is appropriate for their ages and cognitive development level?
  1. What kind of professional and personal development might I want to pursue to increase my knowledge of the target culture(s) and thus increase my comfort level teaching it?
  1. How do I keep cultural topics from becoming a series of unconnected facts? How might I make culture the focal point of a unit or lesson, and how would I integrate this kind of lesson design on an ongoing basis?
  1. How do I encourage students to keep an open mind and see that "all cultures make sense...from their own vantage point" (Galloway, p. 38)?
AssignmentSubmit your summary as an assignment.
   
5: Rooted in Culture > Introduction | Before You Watch | Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic | Put It Into Practice | Action Research Project | Reflect on Your Learning
Resources | Library Videos Chart | Printouts | Assignments

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