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What is Pedagogy?According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, pedagogy is defined as the study of the methods and activities of teaching.Therefore, TESL pedagogy is the methods and activities used in teaching and learning English as a Second Language.

Source: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/pedagogy

TESL PedagogyWhen focusing on speaking skill, one of the method that can be used to teach English language is Communicative Language Teaching (CLT).Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) aims broadly to apply the theoretical perspective of the Communicative Approach by making communicative competence the goal of language teaching and by acknowledging the interdependence of language and communication (Freeman, 2000).This method is to enable the learner to communicate effectively and appropriately in the various situations she would be likely to find herself in. In other words, its goal is to make use of real-life situations that necessitate communication. Source: Freeman D.L. (2000). Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching. Oxford University Press.

How Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Can Be Used to Educate The Diverse Generation?Through activity such as sharing information.Sharing information:The students are encourage to speak from their own experiences and share information about their familys ethnic background. This includes what are Dos & donts in their culture.

For example, in Malay culture, they really emphasize on the aspect of politeness. They really stressed on the aspect of when addressing people especially to someone older than them like abang, kakak, along, ayah, ibu and so on. Unlike people in westerner where they can easily addressing their own parents by their name. Other example is when serving food for certain occasion. Other cultures need to be aware that they could not serve pork to the Muslims.

By having this activity, it will increase cultural awareness of students from different culture. Tolinson and Masuhara (2004) also agree that an increased cultural awareness helps learners broaden the mind, increase tolerance and achieve cultural empathy and sensitivity. In short, they will learn to respect other culture and be more sensitive not to touch the cultural sentiment. Source : Tomlinson, B., & Musuhara, H. (2004). Developing cultural awareness. MET, 13(1), 17