by T. Ruanni F. Tupas
Centre for English Language Communication
National University of Singapore
This paper proposes practical ways to confront stereotypes in the English language classroom. While the current trend in English language teaching is to recognize the central role of culture in the classroom, the dangers of doing so are real because the approaches so far have tended to homogenize groups of people and to focus only on national cultures. The strategies used here – (1) insert diversity into participants’ background, (2) avoid pronoun references to gender, (3) and diversify patterns of communication of each participant – do not require much work but have great potential in promoting a more genuine intercultural conversation in the English language classroom.