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ERIC Number: ED504866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
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Culture and Language Teaching through Media
Tanriverdi, Belgin; Apak, Ozlem
Online Submission, Paper presented at the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) World Conference in Education (13th, Antalya, Turkey, Sep 2-6, 2008)
The topic of teaching and learning culture has been a matter of considerable interest to language educators and much has been written about the role of culture in foreign language instruction over the past two decades. ESL students whose success in a new environment is conditioned not only by their mastery of the new language, but also, and especially, by their ability to negotiate the new culture. Media sources significantly affect students' attitudes and dispositions towards themselves, other people and society especially in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Building on the argument that learning a second language cannot be separated from the acquisition of the culture that it embodies, this paper argues that the design and adaptation of written media should reflect multiple perspectives and avoid prejudices in order to engage students in a process of uncovering and confronting cultural biases and facilitate cultural learning. The paper presents prejudices and other cultural biases learners have about target culture and discusses the positive effects of media on students. The paper suggests that media sources should be integrated into ESL curriculum in order to avoid prejudices, to enhance students' critical thinking and language skills and cultural biases, and to have a better understanding of new culture. Key Points for Evaluating/Comparing Newspapers are appended.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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