Personal Language Development and Investigations into Aspects of Culture

We aim to improve participants’ speaking and listening skills in English, to increase their fluency and confidence in using English spontaneously and to provide participants with the experience of using English in a native speaker environment.  The development of language skills in different social contexts will be emphasised. 

The programme will also focus on English cultural understanding, based on task-based cultural investigation in the community. 

The programme will give participants an opportunity to become acquainted with life in Britain and to explore the cultural traditions of an English-speaking society.  This will be supported by a programme of educational study visits to places of social and historic interest as well as a programme of activities in the evening.  

Professional Components
Developing Communicative Skills Aspects of Culture Personal Language Development - Interactional Skills Investigations into Cultural Aspects of Language

Programme Content

The programme will involve a series of linguistic activities and practical mini-tasks intended to raise awareness of the social aspects of language and to encourage participants to reflect on their use of English.  These activities will provide opportunities for participants to carry out original investigations into current language use and encourage them to analyse it and make judgements about its appropriacy and acceptability. 

Some tasks will involve participants working outside the classroom and in direct contact with the local community.  Investigation and interviews will be the vehicles for the focused language development to take place.  Participants will also be encouraged to keep an experiential journal in English, which they can review with their tutor.  The journal will be a forum to extend their language use and to develop participants’ observational and reflective competence. 

We will introduce various aspects of British culture to enhance participants’ of the UK and potentially for creating authentic teaching materials as a valuable resource to support their teaching of English in their home context.  Our programme will enable participants to conduct focussed investigation into an aspect of contemporary British culture. 

Participants will choose an area for investigation and undertake ethnographic research.  They will be given support to prepare interviews and questionnaires and to contact suitable interviewees.  The research findings will be explored in class and participants will prepare and give a presentation in the classroom. 

Aims

  • To investigate aspects of contemporary English usage;
  • To develop spontaneous use of English in terms of listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • To develop an understanding of the discourse and genre of appropriate and effective spoken communication;
  • To develop an increased awareness and understanding of the culture of the English speaking environment in which participants are living and studying;
  • To develop intercultural competence;
  • To enhance participants’ breadth of understanding of British culture through an ethnographic research project;
  • To expand cultural knowledge.

Learning Resources

Our Learning Resources Centre is a whole building dedicated specifically to learning resources, where far from the traditional materials of a library, participants will find resources from and to be used in schools, for every subject and curricular level.

Approaches to Learning

We will use active learning methods, involving practical activities, problem-solving strategies, reflection and developing Critical Thinking strategies.  Our programme will examine examples of good pedagogic practice both in the UK and elsewhere.  

Contact us

Gilly Lloyd 
International Short Programmes Unit Administrator 
Institute of Education, Bognor Regis campus, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1HR
Tel: +44 1243 812081
Email: g.lloyd@chi.ac.uk