ERIC Number: ED326066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
A Global Perspective in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Coombe, Christine A.
Global education, an attempt to provide students with information and perspectives on diverse countries and cultures so that they may be knowledgeable and responsible members of the world community, is becoming a key concern of foreign language educators. While foreign language education has often included some cultural and historical elements, teachers have recently begun to expand this part of course content, instructing pupils not only about home countries and cultures--France in a French class, for example--but also discussing lifeways and cultural variation found among, say, francophone speakers in Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Many different methods of "globalizing" education may be employed. Several techniques are detailed including: the creation of a "cultural island" in the classroom, the use of various media, simulation of other cultures, and the use of informative cartoons. While social studies will continue to assume a dominant role in global education, the use of cultural study techniques and strategies, such as those detailed here, can infuse a global dimension into foreign language education. (JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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