ERIC Number: ED491716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-4
The Role of Culture in Second or Foreign Language Teaching: Moving Beyond the Classroom Experience
Second Language (L2) and Foreign Language (FL) curricula have a cultural component intricately woven into the fabric of the language syllabus. To teach language, one must also teach the culture inherent in the language, including the verbal as well as the non-verbal aspects. A review of the literature will show that studying the target culture does not only impact language learners while the language is being acquired, but also has an impact on students after the language lessons have ceased. A careful analysis will demonstrate that teaching the target culture to language students will foster in these students what Savignon and Sysoyev (2002) term "sociocultural competence" or what Sellami (2000)calls "intercultural competence". In our dynamic, multicultural world, the ability of L2 or FL students to empathize, tolerate, and appreciate the cultures of other peoples is ideal. This ability or competence will be shown to extend beyond the four classroom walls after the acquisition of language has been accomplished. The role of the teacher in developing this new competence will be established. Strategies that teachers may use to better incorporate culture in their language teaching will be presented.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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