Stephen A. Sadow (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Experiential Techniques that Promote Cross-Cultural Awareness
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1987 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 25–30, February 1987
How to Cite
Sadow, S. A. (1987), Experiential Techniques that Promote Cross-Cultural Awareness. Foreign Language Annals, 20: 25–30. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1987.tb02910.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Experiential techniques, some of which take only a few minutes of class time, can help make students aware of what culture is and how it functions. These activities may take the form of structured in-class activities dealing with non-verbal and other culture-bound behavior, or out-of-class activities in which students observe and interact with the target culture. Structured class visits by native informants and field trips to ethnic neighborhoods provide other means for direct contact with other cultures. An interdisciplinary course in cross-cultural awareness based on experiential techniques can expand upon work done in language classes; a model for such a course is provided here.