Culture and Language Acquisition

An introduction to worldview and learning a new language & culture

20 Lessons

Mike introduces the BEC program and how to effectively use it

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The key elements that make up every person’s worldview are explored in the beginning of Culture and Language Acquisition (Module 6 of the Cross-cultural Essentials curriculum), helping participants to evaluate and understand the foundations of their own worldview. Several cultures are used as examples to see how different areas of culture can come together to give a cohesive picture. Guidance and advice is given in the area of adjusting to a new culture. Module 6 then covers a practical guide for culture and language acquisition – Becoming Equipped to Communicate – participants are given the handbook and are guided through a series of real-life exercises in their own community to give them an understanding of language and culture learning.

Assignment questions and discussion questions are on the PDF Tutorial files.

Mike G

Mike G. has lived and worked in many different countries around the world including Venezuela and Papua New Guinea. He is the author of Becoming Equipped to Communicate, a widely-used language learning resource for cross-cultural workers. Mike now works with Radius International as the instructor for Culture and Language Acquisition and Coordinator of Curriculum Development.

Lessons in this course

Tutorial 6.1: Worldviews 1

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Tutorial 6.2: Worldviews 2

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Tutorial 6.3: Worldviews 3

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Tutorial 6.4: Worldviews 4

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Tutorial 6.5: Evaluating Worldviews

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Tutorial 6.6: Culture threads

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Tutorial 6.7: Culture snapshots 1

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Tutorial 6.8: Culture snapshots 2

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Tutorial 6.9: Adjusting to a new culture 1

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Tutorial 6.10: Adjusting to a new culture 2

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Tutorial 6.11: Becoming equipped to communicate 1

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Tutorial 6.12: Becoming equipped to communicate 2

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Tutorial 6.13: Becoming equipped to communicate 3

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Tutorial 6.14: Becoming equipped to communicate 4

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Tutorial 6.15: Becoming equipped to communicate 5

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Tutorial 6.16: Becoming equipped to communicate 6

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Tutorial 6.17: Becoming equipped to communicate 7

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Tutorial 6.18: Becoming equipped to communicate 8

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Tutorial 6.19: Proficiency Evaluation

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Tutorial 6.20: Other culture/language acquisition resources

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