Is Culture important for learning a foreign language? How do your cultural values and ways you perceive the outside world influence your communication and learning styles? Who is the native speaker of English in today’s multicultural and global world? How is the Black English of African Americans different from the standard American English? Why did American schools demand from Afro-Americans to give up their Black English? How and why did British colonizers in Trinidad force the native elites to learn the “proper” British English? Why is language so powerful?

These and other questions will be discussed in the course of Cultural Studies for Teachers of English. The underlying objective of the course is to point out the misconception of English language and English culture as essentially the same in all English-speaking countries. The course explores cultural and linguistic diversity of English speaking countries. The essential idea of the course also lies in deepening and broadening students’ cultural awareness. Students should develop positive attitudes towards other cultures and improve their skills as intercultural speakers of English.


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