Frederick Bacala: Cultural Interference and Classroom Activity Formatting

Date: February 19, 2022

Time: 14:30 - 15:30

Zoom Meeting Link: Click Here

Meeting ID: 840 9811 9445

Passcode: wtjalt2022


Presenter: Dr. Frederick Bacala


There is an impact that culture has on language learning, and it might be difficult to notice. Using Western methods of teaching and classroom management could affect learning quality for student development. The presenter completed a case study several years ago regarding teacher acknowledgment of cultural interference. In this presentation, the results of this case study will be presented, in addition to teaching styles which may also cause issues of interference. The current, Japanese-style format of learning in the classroom involves pair work, group work, individual work, and the standard forms of lecture format. Western methods of learning involve all of these, with the addition of whole class method of instruction. The presenter will give a brief introduction of the methods and address how they may benefit Japanese students in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Frederick Bacala has been teaching English as a Second or Other Language in the United States and Japan. He has been working in the field for more than 20 years, and has been a college/university professor for more than 14 years. He recently received his Doctor of Education degree in 2019 at Taft University. His research interests include Cultural Linguistics, World Englishes, and Curriculum Development.

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