ERIC Number: ED306770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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An Elementary Language Culture Program.
A five-year course sequence focusing on the relationship of language and culture in world history is described. The program, beginning in grade 3, prepares students for later study of foreign and classical languages, develops English language skills, and cultivates general cultural interest. At the first level, students are introduced to some common factors of culture: history, migration, customs and beliefs, and the normalcy of linguistic and cultural change. Six cultures are highlighted: Mexican, African, Chinese, Japanese, Indian subcontinental, and that of the classroom. Level Two begins by examining major influences on the modern world deriving from ancient Greece. Three major aspects of Greek culture are addressed: myth, cultural debt to ancient Greece, and development of the alphabet. Level Three examines Roman language and culture, and addresses such topics as dress, housing, the town, architecture, the zodiac, education, and the gods. These three levels emphasize active class participation. The fourth level ties Latin, French, and English together through study of Roman, Gallic, and Norman French history and continues to the cultural debt owed to later French history. Level Five addresses French cultural history from 1789 and then moves to basic Latin and French grammatical principles. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, April 6-9, 1989).