ERIC Number: ED161261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Making Crosscultural Connections. The Language Connection: From the Classroom to the World. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 9.
Jarvis, Donald K.
Developments in the field of teaching culture are outlined, and some directions for further reading and development are listed. The focus is on multicultural materials, with only occasional reference to culture-specific media. Most of the literature surveyed is in the field of foreign language education, but some attempt was made to sample current trends in social studies education, communications, and anthropology. In the area of cognitive learning objectives, authors stress generalities applicable to many cultures, illustrated by target-culture specifics. In the area of process (skill) objectives, research and face-to-face communication skills are emphasized. Affective objectives include the acquisition of empathy, curiosity, and flexibility, plus skill in clarifying one's own stable core of values. The number and quality of culture materials integrated into beginning texts is increasing. Lectures are still used far too frequently, despite indications of their inefficiency in developing crosscultural effectiveness. Presentation techniques should include more well-prepared and grouped multimedia presentations together with high-involvement techniques such as "critical incident" self-instructional materials, mini-dramas, and games. Inductive methods important for developing process and affective skills include discussion, research, dramatization, and simulation approaches. (SW)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Objectives, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Education, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Literature Reviews, Multicultural Education, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
Not Available Separately; See FL 009656
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.