Exploring the Implication of Culturally Responsive Activity in Virtual EFL Classroom

The Center for Language Studies (CLS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized an online workshop as part of the in-house professional development sessions on 26 November, 2020 in Google meet platform. Fariha-Tuz-Zahra Chowdhury, lecturer, CLS, conducted this webinar. CLS faculty members participated in the workshop. In this cascading session, Ms.Fariha shared her learning experience from the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, Spring 2020. In this interactive session, she shared the example, challenges, and opportunities of integrating culture-oriented activity in virtual EFL classes. Ms. Fariha started the session by thanking her instructor Linda Marie Koza, Teacher Trainer from SIT Graduate Institute, San Francisco, California, USA. In the session, the audience responded to the questions on culture, and its elements, followed by participating in the discussion on the 3P Model of Culture (Frank, J. 2013). Then the facilitator explained how she planned the activity, shared the reading material, exemplified the instruction given to the students, and analyzed the sample responses from the students with the light of the 3P Model of Culture. Sequentially, the challenges, and opportunities of the activities were discussed by the facilitator. The audiences also shared their experiences with similar classroom activities. The session was praised by Dr Shaila Sultana, Advisor, CLS, ULAB who thanked the facilitator for drawing the attention of the audience to such an important dynamic of language teaching, and regarded this workshop as significant for its possible impact on promoting cultural tolerance and awareness in the society.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.