The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is accepting applications from teachers of English (Bulgarian nationals) for an online course taught by World Learning. The title of the course is: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting. The training starts on April 2, 2019 and continues through May 28, 2019.
Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.
Application deadline: December 26, 2018