ERIC Number: ED262644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Increasing the Functional Culture Content of the Foreign Language Class.
An important category of culture to include in second language curriculum is functional culture, defined as the elements of surface and deep culture as well as civilization that must be learned to function while traveling, living, studying, or working in a foreign culture. Elements of functional culture include acting appropriately in everyday situations, using appropriate common gestures, and performing tasks that are necessary for day-to-day living. This content is most effectively taught in combination with grammar or vocabulary rather than with the usual reading. While performing communicative exercises and activities designed to teach new vocabulary or grammatical patterns, the student can simultaneously learn to function in a given situation within the target culture. The following types of sample exercises and class activities which combine grammar or vocabulary and functional culture are outlined: the teaching of numbers in conjunction with currency or telling time; situational exercises combined with theme vocabulary relating to such topics as food, travel, geography, or shopping; grammatical structure, such as if-clauses and reading an airline schedule; comparison of adjectives and geography; and verb tenses and various cultural points. An example of a situational exercise adapted as a test item is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting the Call for Excellence in the Foreign Language Classroom. Selected papers from the 1985 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FL 015 312).