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ERIC Number: ED458815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Interculturality in an Urban Setting.
Ryan, Phyllis M.
This paper argues that a need exists, especially in urban universities, to focus on attitudes toward foreign language learning (in this case, the learning of English) and toward speakers of the language being learned as well as the cultures represented by its speakers. The concept of interculturality as a goal for learning challenges negative attitudes students may have that can potentially block them from having such a goal. It is further argued that achieving degrees of interculturality in foreign language learning is heavily influenced by the emotional dimension of the social setting of the learners' attitudinal postures toward languages and cultures. Answers about how to begin to assist foreign language teachers with the negative attitudes they encounter toward the learning of English and the strong feelings associated with it as a lingua franca cannot be forthcoming until interculturality is defined in the context of foreign language learning and considered a viable goal for those students who have little or no attraction for learning about sociocultural aspects related to English or its speakers. (Contains 27 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico