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ERIC Number: ED497942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1307-4733
Integrating Culture into EFL Texts and Classrooms: Suggested Lesson Plans
Turkan, Sultan; Celik, Servet
Online Submission, Novitas-ROYAL: Research on Youth and Language v1 n1 p18-33 Apr 2007
The need to integrate culture and its teaching into foreign language education is not a new debate, and has long been highlighted in countless studies. Yet, it seems to be common practice that foreign language textbooks and classrooms frequently overlook the conclusions drawn in such studies and neglect the essential information about the target language culture that would help students reach a cultural understanding to accompany their linguistic knowledge. The authors of this paper draw attention to this ignorance by using Turkey as an example, and argue that there will always be something missing in language learners' L2 proficiency and use, if culture is left out in their language learning. Thus, language teachers are offered specific ways of integrating culture into their classrooms and supplementing their textbooks with cultural elements. As an implication, the authors provide a practical unit plan that includes three lessons showing practitioners how to teach about American holidays. These sample lessons demonstrate one of the creative ways for teachers to incorporate culture into their classrooms. Lesson Plans are appended. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey