Jeonju-North Jeolla KOTESOL 2017 Regional Conference

Teaching English as a foreign language is so much more than just grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the like—it contains more subtle culture components than teachers or students realize. Teachers, without knowing it, are giving cultural lessons by how they teach the language and run their classes. Evidently, awareness of this comes up when a new teacher enters a classroom setting where the former teacher was from a different culture. It causes unnecessary misunderstandings and misinterpretations that would be remedied through cultural awareness. There are many simple ways to help students become more culturally aware of the diverse ways English is used worldwide.

The attachment between culture and language is something that is rarely integrated into lessons and so this presentation will demonstrate varies ways to appropriately insert cultural lessons effectively. Many students are curious about the world of English and are only exposed to stereotypes oppose to real life cultural awareness. Words and intonation are different in many English-speaking countries and knowing their significance will benefit students as they are likely to meet English speakers who do not talk like their textbook recordings. The benefits of cultural awareness will also be explored to show how easy and fun it can be.


  1. Increase cultural awareness and show how it can be used to benefit the students.
  2. To give practical tips in including cultural lessons within the EFL classroom.

About Alicia

F. Alicia Aukema is an ESL professor at Chongshin University and is working on a Master’s degree in intercultural studies. She has been teaching English for nine years in Korea, Canada, and the United States. Her experiences come from teaching many levels including elementary school, high school, and University. Although most of her students have been Korean, she has taught students from other cultures as well. Her studies have led her to do extensive research on the significance of cultural lenses within the classroom and seek to implement more cultural awareness for students as well as teachers.