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English As A Foreign Language
Cultural Education Course
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This much sought after UK government recognised diploma, comprises two parts:
The LSSE leads the way by making the ‘English as a Foreign Language Course,’ a mandatory part of the diploma. This not only fulfils the government’s objective to promote teaching English; it also ensures that students who have graduated with a diploma, will have attained the necessary specialised knowledge and skills to be able to deliver their teaching with confidence. The course is suitable for both existing teachers, and student teachers.
The LSSE believes in inclusion and equality, hence, there are no stringent entry requirements for keen students who wish to attain the ‘Diploma in English & Cultural Education.’ All that the LSSE requires, is for candidates to have an acceptable standard of English language and grammar; and to be genuinely interested in teaching and understanding the values of African culture.
Teaching English as a second language (ESL), is an important role for educators. This is due to the fact that ESL teachers not only help bridge the language barrier; in many cases, they serve as cultural mentors to their students; thus helping them manoeuvre the many cultural nuances and differences that spring up in a new country. Indeed, ESL teachers have a direct effect on their student’s lives.
The ‘Teaching African Cultural Education Course,’ is a unique educational program which encompasses the Culture and Traditional Values of Africa. Once again, the LSSE is pioneering, in that it is addressing a very important part of the general history curriculum which thus far, has not been accessible in schools outside Africa. In fact, African and African descendent children, have not been taught anything related to their African heritage, history, or culture. – And as a result, lack of personal identity has been an issue, and in some cases, contributed to social disharmony [1, 2].
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), states that culture is defined as a “complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, arts, morals, laws, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by [a human] as a member of society” .
This LSSE course is designed to both inform about the vast richness of traditional African culture, and promote diversity in the classroom. Furthermore, it familiarises the teacher’s pupils with various social and cultural groups, thus making the latter more open-minded and empathetic to those from a diverse culture. Moreover, it empowers them to feel more confident in themselves and in their interactions with others. In addition, it prepares them to become better citizens within their communities and work environments, both at the time of instruction, and in later life. Of note, at the present time, such diversity within a school curriculum is very much in demand .
The ‘Teaching African Cultural Education Course,’ will put a spotlight on Africa’s extremely diverse, rich culture. – Something which varies not just from one country to another, but within regions and countries. The syllabus also includes showing how the culture of each ethnic group binds the authentic social fabric of traditional rites and practices, oral literature, music, and art, through which identities are reinforced .
This course is accredited and, to be awarded credit, you must satisfactorily complete written components. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of London School of Social Enterprise and Sustainable Economics and International Affiliates. The award will be presented in the form of Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.