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Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting (K-12/HE) is a Course

Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting (K-12/HE)

Sep 6 - Oct 18, 2021

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Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 6 - Oct 18, 2021


5 weeks


3-5 hrs/wk



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


This MOOC presents participants in the teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) community with a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures. The exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. Participants explore what critical thinking is and why it is necessary for the development of intercultural competence. Participants work through numerous examples of related activities and lesson plan elements, as well as ways of evaluating students' progress in these areas.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of culture, intercultural competence, and what it means to be a "cultural being.
  • Apply concepts about cultural learning and their assessment options through the use of rubrics.
  • Determine "description" versus "interpretation" as it relates to cultural understanding, critical thinking, and professional development.
  • Understand how to implement lesson plans specifically for teaching culture and critical thinking.

Target Audience: Adult non-native English speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities.

This course is offered as part of the Online Professional English Network, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI360.

Course Instructors

Kara McBride

Kara McBride


Dr. Kara McBride is an Education Specialist and TESOL expert at World Learning, which implements educational programs around the world. Her activities at World Learning include face-to-face and online teacher training; educational program design, program management, and designing online courses.