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ERIC Number: ED019895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 11
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CULTURE AND LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION. TEACHER'S NOTEBOOK IN MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES.
BROOKS, NELSON
IN DEVELOPING THE CULTURAL CONTEXT OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, TEACHERS HAVE TOO OFTEN LIMITED THEIR OBJECTIVES TO HIGHLIGHTING CERTAIN "FORMAL" OR HUMANISTIC ASPECTS AND PRODUCTS OF THE FOREIGN CULTURE. HOWEVER, IF WE ARE TO DEVELOP FULL STUDENT AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION OF THE FOREIGN CULTURE, WE MUST ALSO DEVELOP THE CONCEPT OF CULTURE IN ITS "DEEP" OR ANTHROPOLOGICAL SENSE IN TERMS OF A CIVILIZATION'S VALUES AND MORES. SINCE LANGUAGE IS BOTH A VEHICLE OF CULTURE AND THE BROADEST, MOST REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE OF IT, FULLEST APPRECIATION OF THE TARGET CULTURE IS BEST DEVELOPED THROUGH THE STUDY OF THE LANGUAGE ITSELF. CULTURAL AWARENESS MAY BE INCREASED THROUGH EXPOSURE TO EXPRESSIONS IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE THAT EMPHASIZE THE BASIC PATTERNS OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, THROUGH CLASSROOM DIALOG IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE, AND THROUGH CAREFULLY SELECTED, AUTHENTIC SAMPLES OF ART, LITERATURE, AND VOCAL MUSIC WHICH REFLECT THE INTANGIBLE ELEMENTS OF THE FOREIGN CULTURE. LANGUAGE TEACHERS, THROUGH THE LANGUAGES THEY TEACH, ARE IN AN IDEAL POSITION TO ADOPT THE OVERALL APPROACH TO CULTURE THAT IS INDISPENSABLE TO THE LANGUAGE LEARNER. (AR)
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