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ERIC Number: ED083613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 188
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The Concept of "Culture" in the Curriculum of Second Language Teaching.
Miller, Helen Nagtalon
The purpose of this investigation was to show that many of the problems concerning the teaching of culture in the curriculum of second languages are conceptual problems (based on one's understanding of the meanings and definitions involved) and that in order to improve the curriculum of second languages, teachers need to have a background in philosophical analysis, so that problems that arise from a misuse or misunderstanding of language in the discussion of culture can be clarified before commitments are made to particular educational programs. Findings indicated (1) definitions play an important role in causing misunderstandings about the concept of culture; (2) many of the publications on culture in second language teaching are suggestions or programs for teaching culture rather than a clarification of the concept; (3) writers of textbooks and articles on culture often assume that the concept is evaluative rather than descriptive; (4) there is a tendency to treat the refinement and social science sense of culture as opposing meanings instead of arbitrary divisions; and (5) decisions affecting programs on the teaching of culture are value decisions. (Author/HOD)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University