Barry Tomalin Activity 19 Cultural Management Training

Finally, Sandra in Latvia brings us back to the IH Business Cultural Trainers Certificate and how you market yourself as a business cultural trainer. She asks how to raise awareness of the need for cultural training in business, how to market cultural training courses effectively, what are the right words to get the message across? Meaty stuff!

Here is my experience and what I teach my trainees.

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BARRY TOMALIN CULTURAL ACTIVITY 18 MIND THE GAFFE!

'On November 1st I'm presenting 'Mind the Gaffe' at the London Language Show at Olympia, London.The London Language Show is an annual three day trade show in which teachers of all languages, i.e. not just EFL, can sample specimen lessons, catch up on latest trends and materials and listen to presentations. Mind the Gaffe is a forthcoming book and it's based on the experience that the most common question asked by people going overseas is 'How do I avoid causing offence?' So 'Mind the Gaffe' is about  causing offence and how to avoid it in future.

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BARRY TOMALIN CULTURAL ACTIVITY 17 - CULTURE BRAINSTORM

Thanks to the Saarbruechen teacher's day in Germany last week for a useful activity called cultural brainstorm. It's simple. Each student has to prepare a question about British culture. NOTE: Never ask 'Have you any questions?' Always, 'What questions do you want to ask?' (Teachers/students think they ought to have questions so they think of some. Thanks to Matthew George for that insight. It's a great way of motivating students and also of running a class if you're on standby or have had no tme to prepare. 

IN CLASS

1 Pose the question. 'What questions ...?'

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BARRY TOMALIN CULTURAL ACTIVITY 15 - RESOURCES

On the IH Business Cultural Trainer's Certificate we recommend a number of resources for cultural research and teaching. Here they are. What resources have you found useful? Post them on this site so that we can all share.

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BARRY TOMALIN -CULTURAL ACTIVITY 14 - DO A CULTURE QUIZ

One of the three 'legs' of culture is 'cultural knowledge.', basic information about the culture of the country you are studying. The others are values and behaviour.

Here's a great idea for introducing/practising  cultural knowledge.

PREPARATION

Prepare a quiz of ten statements about British culture. The students must decide whether each one is true or false. 

Make sure some of the statements focus on clear misunderstandings about Britian. Here is an example. Change it for your students as you wish.

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BARRY TOMALIN CULTURAL ACTIVITY 13 ACTIVE LISTENING

This is an activity for raising empathy. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the other person's position so that you can appreciate their situation. It's called active listening because that is the most empathic form of listening.

It means listening not just to the words but really trying to absorb the speaker's personality, situation, concerns etc. Above all it means listening silently. I did this activity with Adrian Underhill's British Council Oxford Summer School and it really works.

LESSON PLAN

PREPARATION

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BARRY TOMALIN CULTURAL ACTIVITY 12 ASKING THE RIGHT CULTURAL QUESTIONS

This is partly an answer to DIM's blog where she said she had taught some idioms to her group, who then came back with some completely different ones. My feeling is that students using English at B2 level are never going to know all the idioms they need and the idioms are constantly changing. So the solution is to teach culturally appropriate ways of finding out what the idioms mean, without looking stupid. In other words, ask the right cultural questions. For example, what is wrong with this conversation? Abdul: I've got these new computer codes.

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BARRY TOMALIN TEACHING ACTIVITY 11 - Interactive presentations

Angela Daniel made me think. How do you get cultural information across to students so that they absorb it and remember it? She says that what students learn themselves is much more valuable than what they are told (I paraphrase her words). She's right. So what I do is to adopt a technique of INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION.

PREPARATION

Divide the information you want to present into into 60-90 minute chunks. Try and include some unexpected bits of information which are memorable.

IN CLASS

1 Announce the topic.

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TEACHING ACTIVITY 10 Synergies and differences

Hi,

I can see I'm blocking up (filling) the blogosphere so I'm going to retitle the culture lesson plans I'm offering as TEACHING ACTIVITIES. So BLOG 1-9 are all Teaching activities with lesson plans.

SYNERGIES AND DIFFERENCES is a great way of finding out about students' cultural perceptions and misconceptions and better still it requires no preparation! Do it for about 15 minutes, perhaps as an introduction to the study of a particular topic in the textbook. 

IN CLASS

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Barry Tomalin blog 9: teaching the body language

Body language is an important aspect of intercultural communication and using video allows you to observe the body language in action.  I classify body language as follows.

* Facial expressions. This includes eye contact, smiling etc.

* Gestures: arms folded, arms by the sides, arms waving about etc.

* Posture: how people stand, whether they lean forward or sit back, are relaxed or stiff.

* Proximity: how close people stand to each other

* Dress: How do people dress? Is it formal or informal?

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