ERIC Number: ED345575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-12
Integrating Culture and Geography: Techniques To Combat Ethnocentrism in the Foreign Language Classroom.
The study of geography and culture are both essential to development of global awareness and multicultural perspective. The two can be integrated in secondary school instruction, with the result of enhancing each. Cross-disciplinary strategies and activities can be adapted to any course with a cultural component, including second language teaching. Five themes in geography serve as a basis for instruction: location (cartography and relationships with other places); place (physical and human characteristics); regions; relationships within places; and movement (migration and trade). Reductions in geography instruction support the need for integration of this subject with others. The integrative and global approach to education is occurring at a time when secondary teachers are reorganizing curricula to promote self-directed learning. At the same time, language educators are reassessing and reinforcing the role of culture in second language learning. Geography can serve as the foundation for discussion of many aspects of culture, especially through incorporation of the five themes of geography. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991).