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ERIC Number: ED240837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Cross-Cultural Differences and the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.
Xiu-Bai, Qin
ORTESOL Journal, v4 p54-60 1983
A Chinese student of English is often faced with culturally based differences in denotation and connotation, idioms and proverbs, habits, and formulaic use of language. Since the native speaker of any language has built into his language repertoire his unique cultural assumptions and values, a culture-oriented curriculum in language teaching is preferable. English lexicographers should develop a dictionary for nonnative speakers that would provide adequate cultural information for each word, such as related symbolism and customs. In addition, students' cultural exposure should be an integral part of the language curriculum, particularly in the third year. The teacher should act as a catalyst in this cultural awareness process, helping students maintain a distance from both the Chinese and English cultures. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A