ERIC Number: ED433726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
The Teaching of Culture in Foreign Language Courses.
Lange, Dale L.
An instructional module designed to help prepare college-level teaching assistants (TAs) for their duties in second language instruction is presented. The module's purpose is to broaden the concept of culture in language teaching beyond the focus traditionally found in college and university foreign language departments, using a behavioral and social science approach and accommodating two trends in second language learning and teaching: the inclusion of culture content in the new national standards for K-12 foreign language teaching, and the restructuring of college language programs to meet the interests of students who seek to use a second language in wider, interdisciplinary contexts. Sections address these topics: the definition of culture; different approaches to culture (belles-lettres, social sciences, foreign language); establishing expected learning outcomes for cultural education; determining the cultural content of language courses; classroom techniques for teaching culture; and assessing cultural learning. Contains 76 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teaching Assistants, Textbook Content
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Center for International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Note: In its: Out of Class Learning Experiences and Students' Perceptions of Their Impact on English Conversation Skills; see FL 025 966.