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ERIC Number: ED462866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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Relating Literature and Culture: Putting Theory into Practice at the Intermediate Level.
Henning, Sylvie Debevec
This paper suggests that the entire undergraduate foreign language (FL) curriculum needs to be rethought to integrate language, literature, and culture from the beginning through the advanced levels. It proposes a curriculum that is organized around sociocultural and sociohistorical values, attitudes, and issues and gives preference to literary texts in the broad sense. The paper discusses disjunction between lower-division and upper-division FL courses, goals of intermediate-level courses, roles of literature in FL curricula, and literature as a means of presenting culture at the intermediate level. It highlights an intermediate French sequence designed to integrate language, literature, and culture. The courses explored cultural values and attitudes, focusing on France and Quebec. They were intended to help students develop the cognitive abilities, linguistic skills, and cultural knowledge necessary for success in upper division courses by building on students' own preferences and goals. They were also intended to move the foreign language curricula away from literary history and civilization courses that strive to make students cultured without helping them understand the sociocultural significance of what they are studying. They provide a vehicle for re-relating culture studies and literary history. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; France