ERIC Number: ED262645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Contemporary Culture: A Model for Teaching a Culture's Heritage.
Current approaches to teaching culture which have adapted the anthropological model to contemporary life situations can serve as a guide to the organization of traditional civilization course material, from which exercises can be developed. Culture instruction should incorporate a cross-cultural dimension, be authentically contemporary, and be truly comprehensive. These concerns can be adapted for instruction in cultural history, either by using techniques as they are currently used, or by developing relatively new activities. Possible activities include role playing, simulations and reenactments, dialogues among the dead, assimilators (finding culturally appropriate resolutions for a situation in the target culture), and use of films or works of art. Activities and materials that can be used to show how images of the past function in contemporary culture include advertisements, folksongs, and history textbooks. It is important to maintain a balance between current and past culture, sacrificing neither to the other. The examples are taken from French history and civilization classes. (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).