In this episode the focus is on intercultural competence once again and specifically manners and etiquette.
As ESL teachers it is our responsibility to teach our students about cultural differences and manners are a critical aspect in this. Whether it be table manners when we eat, or with regards to in situation, being courteous is especially important for English speaking people in general. Nevertheless we should be aware of other cultural etiquette rules in other nations as to avoid situations of awkwardness or misunderstanding.
The words we can use for this are as follows: courteous, in poor taste, impeccable, exemplary, frowned upon, disrespectful, offensive, disgraceful, take exception to, customary, viewed as, perceived as, regarded as, etiquette, cheeky, insolent
This language can be useful to students and the topic itself can raise some interesting questions about how to approach certain situations when traveling or being around people from different countries. Great for conversation and vocabulary.
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