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ERIC Number: ED027775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 9
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A Tentative Outline of Problems in the Knowledge, Understanding, and Teaching of Cultures Pertaining to the Target Language.
Lewald, H. Ernest
The Modern Language Journal, v52 n5 p301-309 May 1968
Attention is focused on the profession's current concern over the formidable problems involved in a language teacher's attempting to interpret a target culture with generalizations that might well be non-verifiable when scrutinized by such areas specialists as cultural anthropologists, behavioral psychologists, psycholinguists, semanticists, and literary critics. A discussion of these problems includes descriptions of the (1) relationship of language and culture, (2) factors of interaction and partial knowledge, and (3) choice of appropriate materials. Brief explanations of the pluralistic, semiotic, sociolinguistic, structural, semantic, methodological-imitative, area studies, and cultural anthropology methods of presenting cultural knowledge in the classroom are presented. Also considered are the problems involved in understanding a foreign culture. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations.