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ERIC Number: ED268839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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The Intercultural Dimension in Language Teaching.
Quinn, Brendan
Increased emphasis on the cultural dimension in second language instruction has appeared in recent years, as evidenced in the content of standardized school-leaving tests used in Great Britain. One purpose of the cultural element of instruction is to make real the language being learned, but another is to stress its potential usefulness. Some cultural topics to be covered include industry and economy, mass media, history, geography, government and politics, regions, cities, educational systems, food and drink, and sports. Some of this information may already be known by the students, making it a better basis for learning. For advanced classes, more involved cultural subjects can be used, such as dialects, theater and the arts, and folk tales and customs. As much of this instruction as possible should be done in the target language, and it can be introduced spontaneously or formally in the classroom. Projects and group work lead to seeking out information, which is also an important learning process. Literature, as part of the cultural dimension, should be included, but should be chosen carefully so that students can relate to it. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: New Approaches in the Language Classroom: Coping with Change. Proceedings of the National Modern Languages Convention (2nd, Dublin, Ireland, January 31-February 1, 1986); see FL 015 669.