is part of a two-year research work the department of English
is now developing. It is aimed at providing some aspects of
a very necessary EFL competence: the sociocultural competence.
cognate words!! Customs and traditions? Attitude!
The problems most students face with the words actual, assistance,
exit, or the wrong use of to after modal verbs, are some of
the elements to be discussed in our Language Day chat.
Fajardo School of Medicine English staff realized that this
competence has not been taught or developed as it should have
been in Cuba. Besides, there is little bibliography or courses
to let teachers and students learn the steps and methodology
to learn about the cross-cultural awareness.
suggests that this sociocultural competence should be taught
to medical and nursing students from the very first day when
they start they English lessons.. This will help them to be
better communicators when they graduate. As many of the medical
and nursing students in Cuba have some foreign students as
peers in their schools of medicine and they interact, share
some time together during breaks or in their seminars in class,
the command of this competence will undoubtedly help them.
Therefore, this is a good chance to be culturally aware and
understand people better.
staff will provide you with the necessary and basic tools
to develop an adequate cross-cultural communication and in
the future be ready to provide a cross-cultural caring.