By John Corbett
Intercultural language schooling has redefined the fashionable languages schedule in Europe and North the USA. Now intercultural studying can also be commencing to effect on English Language educating. This obtainable booklet introduces lecturers of EFL to intercultural language schooling by means of describing its heritage and theoretical ideas, and by way of giving examples of school room initiatives.
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This involves teachers finding out about students’ production and consumption of cultural products – whether ‘home culture’ in this sense means ethnic culture, class culture or professional culture. , 1992) which can target specific topic areas. Questionnaires about language use in everyday life can serve as a starting-point for learners and teachers to become more keenly aware of their own linguistic practices. vp 13 August 2003 16:39:00 Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen 28 Intercultural Approaches to ELT baker, listening to the tales of the older generation, to engaging in prolonged cross-generational, bilingual discussions about the behaviour of characters in popular soap operas.
This endeavour means going beyond the information gap and making people’s use of language a topic of classroom exploration. Despite the mainstream emphasis on the transactional nature of language, and the complexities of deciding just what culture is, since the late 1980s there has been a renewed interest in the integration of ‘culture’ in the language classroom in Europe, Asia and the United States. This interest is evident in a proliferation of articles and books on the subject, ranging from Culture Bound: Bridging the Cultural Gap in Language Teaching (ed.
Obviously, many good teachers will have been introducing cultural information during their communicative language teaching lessons, despite little encouragement from the materials themselves, just as good teachers during the years of the audiolingual method would have come up with ‘communicative’ activities before they were systematically incorporated into the curriculum. Stern calls this kind of ad hoc introduction of cultural information ‘cultural asides’ (1992: 224). A good Russian teacher might simply have pointed out to a learner, like me, that Russians do not use imperial measures.
An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching by John Corbett