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ERIC Number: ED305822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 12
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Teaching Culture.
Magrath, Douglas R.
The study of a foreign language is the study of another culture. Cultural involvement begins as learners progress from grammar to the actual use of language. Culture includes the ideas, customs, skills, arts, and tools of a people and influences both cognitive and affective behavior. It should be introduced as part of the total language experience, avoiding stereotypes and false ideas. Viewing the target culture by contrasting it with the native culture leads to misinformation and lack of cultural appreciation. Classroom communicative activities can include exercises on culture-related topics. These exercises can incorporate discussion or writing, comparison, listening, role-playing, reading, and conversation. Such activities can provide both interesting and useful cultural information to the student. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Nashville, TN, April 13-15, 1989).