ERIC Number: ED411682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Instruction in Language Textbooks: Moving Culture into the Driver's Seat.
Young, Dolly Jesusita
An analysis of a random sample of first- and second-year Spanish textbooks reveals that language textbooks fall short of achieving the affective goals learners and teachers value most, the aspect of culture that focuses on philosophical perspectives involving meaning, value, attitudes, and ideas. Moreover, most textbooks treat culture as products or behavioral practices. Other findings from this analysis of how culture is conveyed in language textbooks suggest that culture continues to be relegated to the passenger's seat. A process approach to culture instruction that lets cultural information drive classroom learning is offered. Brief reviews of ten first-year Spanish texts and eight second-year texts are appended, as are tabulations of cultural topics treated in them and a series of cultural awareness and attitude activities. Contains 30 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, April 3-6, 1997).