By Janusz Arabski, Adam Wojtaszek
In fresh years language studying has been more and more seen through a few SLA researchers as an basically social-psychological approach during which the position of a much wider sociocultural context shouldn't be marginalized. This quantity bargains a worthwhile contribution to this transforming into physique of study through supplying theoretical issues and empirical examine info on subject matters akin to the advance of intercultural communicative competence, the position of English as a lingua franca in intercultural communique, and where of cultural elements in SLA theorizing, learn, second/foreign language educating and instructor education. the amount additionally comprises contributions which percentage the linguistic curiosity within the culture-related options and constructs corresponding to time, modesty, politeness, and recognize, discussing the culture-dependent changes in conceptualization and their mirrored image specifically language kinds and linguistic devices.
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European citizens should be aware of their national identity, but also open and tolerant towards other cultures. However, teaching cultural content on English language courses involves decisions related to the choice of topics and perspectives. On the one hand, the issue poses a question of what to teach, whose culture is to be taught and how to avoid stereotyping. On the other hand, it may be debatable whether culture should be taught at all, considering the current uses of English as an international language and as a lingua franca.
Each unit ends with language work based on activities centered around phrases, expressions, metaphors, proverbs and sayings that enhance the learner’s linguistic resources for discussing and interpreting cultural issues. The book also includes teacher’s/trainer’s notes that contain additional information on the topics discussed as well as ideas for discussing issues and role playing, for example. The other book that seems particularly useful in the process of implementing intercultural communication training is Developing and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence—A Guide to Language Teachers and Teacher Educators (Lázár et al.
While the teaching of English as an international language should limit the cultural content, at schools the emphasis on the socio-cultural knowledge and intercultural skills should lead pupils towards achieving a level of socio-cultural competence. Results of a survey are discussed, comparing and contrasting the beliefs of Polish teenagers from various backgrounds with the beliefs of in-service and pre-service teachers of English concerning the teaching of culture. At the end, implications are presented for teacher training and construction of ELT materials.
Aspects of Culture in Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning by Janusz Arabski, Adam Wojtaszek