ERIC Number: ED102859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Ambiguous Potential of Teaching Culture in the German Language Program.
Hagemeyer, Eva V.
This paper discusses the ambiguous potential of teaching culture and civilization in the foreign language classroom and stresses the need for content, objectives, and methods to be more clearly defined than they have been to date. Particular reference is made to two articles on the subject of teaching culture. The first is John Troyanovich's article on "culture shock," in which a list of German and American cultural differences is compiled; the second, by Harald Gutschow, takes issue with Troyanovich's concept and proposes the clarification of cultural generalizations by the division of the concept of culture into "kulturkunde" (achievements and ideas of a particular country) and "landeskunde" (behavior patterns and traits of the people). The question of selection and emphasis in the classroom is also discussed. The following are recommended as foundation for the teaching of culture in the FL classroom: (1) development of instructional objectives, performance criteria, and standardized testing; (2) institution of a clearinghouse for instructional materials and information to avoid duplication; (3) creation of an Institute for German Studies; and (4) initiation of a special teacher-training program focusing on "kulturkunde" and "landeskunde." (KM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Culture, German, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Not Available Separately; See FL 006 790
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 790 and FL 006 690-716; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the PNCFL (25th, Spokane, Washington, 1974)