TRISHA SMITH-PIERCE (NONE)

TEACHING CULTURE IN A TRANSCULTURAL WORLD : CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES

Learning about culture is one of the most interesting and exciting parts of learning English. With a diversity of world English cultures, how do we teach our students to navigate the places and situations where they will use English? Do we focus on the United Kingdom, the United States, or on the many other places around the globe that have an English language culture? In this workshop, we will discuss what biases we may have to different English language cultures, explore the different aspects of culture, and evaluate resources that are available to give our students a wide cultural view in their English language education.

Trisha Smith-Pierce is a teacher who works with organizations to teach English, write curriculum, and train instructors. Currently, she works with the U.S. Embassy on a teacher development webinar project. Trisha holds an M.Ed. from George Mason University in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in TESOL.