ERIC Number: ED109910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May-13
Reference Count: N/A
Some Cultural Problems in Teaching Romanian.
It is important for the Romanian language teacher to teach the language as a cultural entity, to convey the exact values of the language. If translation cannot be dropped entirely, it is very important for the student to accept what is typical and untranslatable in itself and to identify himself with the native speaker. Although every language has expressive functions, in Romanian in particular, expression assumes great significance. For example, redundancy is the most important problem facing the teacher of Romanian to Americans, and the teacher must convey to his students the values expressed by such redundancies. The expressive quality of Romanian is revealed in popular poetry, riddles, and metaphors, but the student needs a gradual introduction to the Romanian cultural universe in order to form the link between the literal and the figurative in Romanian. For this reason text selection is crucial, and an anthology is needed of instructional texts. This can only be the result of long bilateral cooperation between Romanians and those interested in Romanian language and culture. (AM)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Expressive Language, Figurative Language, Idioms, Language Instruction, Language Styles, Metaphors, Romance Languages, Rumanian, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Teaching Methods, Textbook Selection, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act Title VI