ERIC Number: ED397661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Teaching EFL Learners Sociolinguistic Concepts for Intercultural Understanding.
Musthafa, Bachrudin; Sundayana, Wachyu
TEFLIN Journal, p54-67 Sep93
An approach to English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) teaching that helps students prepare for intercultural communication is described, drawing on the literature of second language learning and intercultural communication. First, potential barriers to intercultural understanding are examined, including the culture-bound nature of communication, language differences, misinterpretation of nonverbal cues, and preconceptions and tendency to evaluate. Communicating in English is particularly difficult for some because of the complexity and unfamiliarity of its conventions. Seven sociolinguistic concepts that can facilitate intercultural understanding are enumerated and their application to classroom teaching is discussed briefly. A review of current approaches to the teaching of sociolinguistic concepts follows, including academic, observational, media-based, experiential, and cognitive approaches. Finally, a method for integrating these concepts through a variety of activities for EFL learners is suggested. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: The journal covers English education in Indonesia.