Chia Suan Chong

What it means to teach culture in the language classroom

We might teach our students to make meaning with words, but do we help them communicate effectively with people from different cultures? Do we prepare them for situations where they are faced with unexpected behaviour and communication styles? In this interactive session, we will consider the role culture plays in our interactions and explore the ways how we can manage this complex and fluid social force. We’ll consider some engaging practical ideas using critical incidents and roleplays that encouraging self-reflection and awareness in our students and explore how my ADAPT model can be used to help us be more flexible and manage diversity.

Chia is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, where she presented her ADAPT model as a framework for dealing with intercultural conflict. Delivering training to teachers and learners around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. She is a regular ELT conference speaker.