ERIC Number: ED138036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Culture Component in Second Language Teaching. Studies in Language Learning, Vol. 1 No. 1, 1975
Marchand, James W.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the ways in which language teachers may train themselves to teach culture and to deal with some of the problems encountered in presenting culture to students. The language teacher must first attempt to find a viable description of "culture" by reading various books and journals. In order to find information about various cultures, the teacher should use reference tools such as bibliographies, syllabi, handbooks, and informal works of a more popular or anecdotal nature. Many guides are available which present various ways of teaching culture. Cross-cultural analysis is an effective method for introducing the target culture. After completing a study of the culture, the teacher must decide how to present this culture to the student, what to present and in what sequence. The teacher must be selective as an entire culture cannot be taught even in a four-year course. Audiovisual aids are essential if the students have no access to the target culture. The teacher must realize that culture is an important aspect of language teaching. (CFM)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Bibliographies, Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Traits, Culture, Culture Conflict, Information Sources, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Reference Materials, Second Language Learning, Social Characteristics, Social Life, Teaching Methods
Linguistics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61820 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Linguistics.