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Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom

Andrea DeCapua, Ed. D., and Ann C. Wintergerst, Ed. D.
Michigan Teacher Resource
Experiential activities to improve the multicultural classroom


Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom links theory with experiential activities that will be helpful for use in teacher training or certificate programs. The goals of this book for the teacher educator are to expand cultural awareness, to acquire an in-depth understanding of what culture is and its relationship to language, and to comprehend and implement observations of cultural similarities and differences.

Topics discussed in the book include:

  • culture shock
  • nonverbal communication
  • societal roles
  • pragmatics

Praise / Awards

  • "In Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom, DeCapua and Wintergerst have put together an almost ineffably useful teacher resource, which provides much of what teachers need to structure their curriculum…The book offers a nice balance between theory and practice.  One of the book's great strengths is the extensive information on where typical cultural aspects, traditions, practices, and so forth are seen around the globe…This books is a fresh and welcome source for the teaching of culture…Students will find it an enjoyable and motivating book to read, and teacher trainers will find it a great book to use for teaching prospective teachers how to teach cross-cultural communication."
    TESOL Quarterly

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Product Details

  • 7 x 10.
  • 320pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2004
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08936-9

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  • culture, pragmatics, discourse analysis, cross-cultural communication, culture shock, identity, nonverbal communication, education, in-service teachers, applied linguistics