One Academic Course CTLA02H3

CTLA02H3 Exploring Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Academic Contexts

This course develops students' language, academic and communication skills through a critical exploration of Canadian culture and academic expectations. Using audio-visual and textual media, students learn through interactive online and in-class discussions. This course aims to foster dynamic academic acculturation for international students and develop their multi-literate engagement in English. Prerequisite: No more than 10.0 credits completed. Students are required to take a diagnostic test of their academic English skills to be conducted by the English Language Development Centre in advance of the first day of class. Exclusion: (HUMA11H3), (LGGA11H3) Enrolment Limits: 20 students / tutorial section Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language CTLA02 is a pass/fail course that has two hours per week of lecture and a two-hour weekly tutorial. In this highly interactive course students will share their own knowledge and experience as they work collaboratively to critically explore diverse aspects of culture, Canadian culture, and academic culture. Using audio-visual, digital, and print media, hands on activities are designed around content in order to develop students’ core English language and academic skills as well as to explore the complex and dynamic relationship between language, learning, and culture.

There will be a strong focus on English language usage and the development of critical thinking skills, and students will be provided with the opportunity to engage in critical discussions through multiple channels including various media options (wikis, podcasts, digital storytelling). Students who participate fully can expect to:
 1) develop their understanding of the relationship between language, culture, communication, and context


2) recognize and understand key terms and concepts and apply various methods to explore the relationships indicated above


3) develop their awareness and understanding of different theoretical approaches to language and culture practices

4) develop their core Academic English language and critical thinking skills

5) link course knowledge and apply it critically and creatively in order to actively explore academic culture


6) develop and apply a critical thinking framework for approaching media and evaluating textual and digital sources


7) experiment with different forms of media and digital technology

8) monitor and expand their oral and written Academic English and interpersonal communication styles and skills

9) develop an adaptive framework for intercultural encounters and communication

10) reflect on and contribute their own knowledge to expand course knowledge

11) experiment with new academic learning strategies

12) collaborate to design and implement learning projects

13) develop their capacity for participation and contribution in the classroom and beyond