ERIC Number: ED379942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Bridging the Gap: Teaching Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Posthofen, Renate S.
Because of the concern about declining German second language enrollments in the United States, there is a need for enhanced cultural education in the second language curriculum. Current global circumstances, including an increasingly multicultural society and widespread need for intercultural communicative competence, not just grammatical competence, suggest that the curriculum should include aspects of popular culture and de-emphasize "high" culture, an elitist and incomplete perspective. The presentation of such cultural information, a largely visual approach is appropriate, using photographs and video alongside audio materials. Further, use of advancing technology, particularly interactive media, to present audiovisual materials is necessary to link linguistic performance, communicative competence, and cultural awareness in the classroom. Guidelines for evaluation and selection of instructional materials are drawn from the literature of second language teaching. Extensive notes contain approximately 17 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, German, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (28th, Atlanta, GA, November 18-20, 1994).