TESL across Cultural Barriers
Khin Win Kyi
Assumption University Bangkok, Thailand
This paper deals with the task involved in preparing a course material
for learners whose cultural background is not that of the target language.
A focus is also made for the teacher to analyze and realize his role in
the cultural barrier situation and to be aware that students from varied
cultural backgrounds respond differently to high-student- involvement learning
methods. It then
concentrates on the standard procedures employed to have language based
student-centered activities. It is found that similarities and contrasts
in the native and target language, once understood, will then facilitate
the progress in the learners' mastery of the target language.
Ms. Khin Win Kyi received her B.A.(English Honors) in 1960 from
Rangoon University, Burma. She earned her M.A. (T.E.S.L.) in 1963
from University of Hawaii, U.S.A. She has been involved in university teaching
from 1960 to present. Her interest includes designing syllabuses
and developing teaching materials.