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ERIC Number: EJ1104030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Digging Deeper: Examining Our Role as Teachers of Culture
Muirhead, Pablo
Learning Languages, v11 n2 p22-24 Spr 2006
As the field of world language (WL) education continues to improve the integration of language and culture, educators must constantly question and challenge their assumptions of what culture is and how to weave it into language instruction. In fact, one of NNELL's position statements states that there is a need for a "cogent plan to provide opportunities for all students to effectively participate as U.S. citizens in the global community by gaining proficiency in world languages and a greater understanding and respect for diverse world cultures" (2005). In order to make the link between language and culture inextricable, this article challenges us to dig deeper as we rethink what is meant by "culture." Additionally, we need to reflect on the impact of this conceptualization to appropriately change our teaching practices. The first section of this article investigates what is meant by culture. The second section explores the impact of this reconceptualized understanding of culture on our roles as teachers in bridging language and culture.
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Language: English
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