Culture in ELT

What are we doing?

Our aim is to support the introduction of intercultural approaches into English teaching - in response to the changing role of English and the needs of Polish learners - through:

  • providing space and a welcoming atmosphere for exploring culture in ELT
  • encouraging open, investigatory and IC attitudes within language learning
  • producing materials and activities with a variety of learner outcomes
  • giving teachers, learners and trainers greater choice in the classroom

We see culture in ELT as the point where languages and real worlds meet as partners of equal importance, where teachers and learners:

  • are given the opportunity to reflect on the role of culture in FLT
  • can develop the awareness and skills necessary for using English in its new 'real world' contexts
  • can use English as a means of exchanging cultures communicatively
These objectives will be achieved through our four strands outlined below.

Why are we doing it?

We live in an era of unprecedented change:

  • on the global level (e.g. globalisation/ fragmentation and the internet)
  • on the national level (e.g. Poland's moves to EU membership/ the emphasis on the plurality of cultures within UK society)
  • in the role of English (e.g. as an international language - EIL)

As a consequence:

  • IC approaches have been given prominence in the Polish Ministry of Education guidelines for Foreign Languages along with increased emphasis on skills and the importance of using FLT for wider cross- curricular ends
  • the British Council is increasingly emphasising IC Studies and basing its work in sustainable Polish institutional environments. The CELT project reflects both these aims.

How are we doing it?

CELT project
By introducing the CELT webpages where teachers and trainers can find discussion and examples of IC approaches, background articles and up-to-date information

By transferring the skills, knowledge, networks and assets within the project to Polish partners

British Studies Webpages
By developing the current British Studies Webpages and providing materials and activities which reflect IC approaches

International Summer School
By continuing the International Summer School as a way of showcasing the project's aims and developing international networks

Who is doing it?

Both you and us together. Our aim is to work with teachers, learners and trainers to produce materials and activities in response to changing worlds.

For further information - look up the CELT webpages through the link on the British Studies Webpages:

- bringing teachers together with new approaches and materials
- exploring classroom responses to cultural change
- providing opportunities for teacher development

Contact: Ewelina Wróblewska
ELT/Education Officer, The British Council, Al. Jerozolimskie 59, 00-697 Warsaw, Poland
tel: +48 0 (prefix) 22 585 10 82; fax: +48 0 (prefix) 22 585 10 64
Richard Bolt
Małgorzata Zdybiewska

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