ERIC Number: ED341281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Teaching Cultural Competence in the English Language Classroom in Finnish Schools.
Heilala-Rasimov, Taru-Maija; Vesanen, Jarna
A small study to investigate cultural instruction in Finnish schools is reported. Twelve randomly selected teachers of English were interviewed concerning their attitudes about the importance of cultural studies, how they implement cultural studies, and problems in presenting cultural instruction in the classroom. The interviews suggest that the majority of the teachers have good intentions concerning cultural instruction and are willing to include it in their teaching, but that their training to do so had been minimal. It is concluded that while some cultural items are provided in the English lessons, cultural competence as an underlying basis for all language teaching does not seem to be acknowledged in Finnish schools. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: In: Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFinLa Yearbook 1991; see FL 020 041.