What it means to teach culture in the language classroom

Chia Suan Chong


We might teach our students to make meaning with words, but do we help them communicate effectively with people from different cultures? Do we prepare them for situations where they are faced with unexpected behaviour and communication styles? In this interactive session, we’ll consider the role culture plays in our interactions and explore how we can manage this complex and fluid social force. We’ll consider some engaging practical ideas using critical incidents and roleplays that encouraging self-reflection and awareness in our students and explore how my ADAPT model can be used to help us be more flexible and manage diversity.


Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, where she presented her ADAPT model as a framework for dealing with intercultural conflict. Delivering both online and face-to-face training to teachers and learners around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. Currently based in York, Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019 and now has a regular feature ‘Not Only But Also’ in the bi-monthly ETp magazine. She has contributed extensively to Business English materials for the British Council Learn English website, is a regular ELT conference speaker and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT. Chia is a co-author for VOICES, an integrated series by National Geographic Learning for adult learners of English.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Workshop
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: Tertiary education
Presentation Coding: General (GEN) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? No

Scheduled for

Date: Saturday, 2022-09-17, 10:10 - 11:10
Place: Lecture Hall 4.7