Language learning involves more than just mastering grammar and pronunciation. In order to use language effectively, we must understand how appropriate tone and wording varies in different social contexts. This concept of ‘pragmatics’ is often not taught in the classroom, so learners must rely on their native strategies that sometimes do not transfer well into English and American culture. This workshop is designed to give students some basic tools to identify, repair, and negotiate miscommunication caused by cultural differences. Workshop participants will learn cultural norms that govern the use of the English language, and how to repair mismatches that might arise. They will get hands on practice though the use of role-plays and feedback from the instructors.
Understanding Behavioral Contexts
Clarity Improvement Exercises
FALL 2014 sessions will be announced in September.
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