The ACE Certificate in Teaching Culture is designed to make language teachers aware of the critical interaction between culture and language in the language classroom. Solidly founded on the most up-to-date research on culture, intercultural communication, cultural awareness and the relationship between language and culture, the course provides you with both the knowledge and practice with which to effectively teach your students culture along with language.
“Language and culture are completely intertwined. When we teach language we also teach culture. Most of the textbooks we work with as language teachers lack explicit teaching of culture but are full of implicit teaching of culture. This course was designed to make English language teachers more aware of the culture that they are teaching in their classes, so that they can also help their students be more successful at navigating that culture. ”
– Dianne Tyers, Course Designer
Why Choose the ACE Certificate in Teaching Culture?
- 35+ hours of coursework
- Learn ideas, strategies and tools with which to successfully teach culture to your students.
- Increase your marketability as a language instructor
The ACE Certificate in Teaching Culture is designed for teachers of English or other languages as well as anyone teaching or conducting training in a culturally diverse environment. Participants may be currently practicing teachers or trainers or anyone with an interest in teaching culture.
The ACE Certificate in Teaching Culture covers the following subject areas:
- What is Culture?
- Cultural Products
- Cultural Behaviours
- Cultural Values
- Culture Knowledge
- Culture Behaviour
- Culture Attitude
- Influences on Culture
- Culture and Language
- Culture and Communication
- Culture and Identity
- Interactions Across Cultures
- Developing Cultural Intelligence
- Critically Evaluating the Culture in Language Course Materials
- Remedial, Targeted and Integrated Teaching
Students will complete a Task Journal for each of the 15 course modules and submit them on an ongoing basis to their instructor for feedback and assessment. The instructor will assess the students’ understanding of each module based on the correctness and completeness of their responses in the Task Journals. Tasks provide students with the opportunity to put course concepts into practice through research, analysis, evaluation and lesson planning. Tasks include answering discussion and short answer questions, and completing short curriculum design tasks. The Task Journals comprise 100% of the final grade.
Heather Perry has always been interested in language teaching as she is a first generation Canadian born of immigrant parents. Growing up, her years were filled with stories of the difficulties and humour that her parents, their siblings and grandparents had in communication. She has been an English language practitioner (accredited ATESL and Canada TESL) for the last 12 years specializing in language assessment, teacher training and language instruction. Heather has taught the ACE foundational Teacher Training course in China, at the University of Regina, Red Deer College and Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Heather has also been involved with the course development and implementation of an online English language learning program in Dubai and Kuwait. Her teaching experience spans the range of early beginners in an evening class to workplace communication skills with oil and gas employees, engineers and day care workers. She has developed extensive curriculae for temporary foreign workers to assist with the Employment Readiness course taught at Red Deer College.
Continuing Education Units
Language education professionals can earn CEUs for completing the ACE TESOL Certificate. The international standard for CEUs is one CEU for every 10 hours of professional development, therefore participants can earn 12 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 20-hr practicum and 11 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 10-hr practicum. Please note that this is a general guideline and CEU standards may vary from one teaching context to the next. It is your responsibility to check the CEU requirements for your specific teaching context.