Aspects of Culture in Second Language Acquisition and by Janusz Arabski, Adam Wojtaszek

By Janusz Arabski, Adam Wojtaszek

With the major function of social-psychological elements within the strategy of language studying now extra approved, this quantity presents research and empirical learn info on issues together with the functionality of English as a lingua franca in intercultural communication.

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The results show that the respondents’ declarative knowledge of culture is sufficient and close to what an ICC teacher should know. Their skills of teaching culture are mostly confined to transmitting foreign culture knowledge. The teachers, however, do not employ activities that support independent searching for cultural information, its presentation and critical evaluation. Only few teachers declared to use an experiential approach to teaching ICC, evident, for example, in organizing trips and intercultural exchange programs.

As European citizens, we are supposed to be aware of our national identity and open and tolerant towards other cultures. The educational policy of the European Union stresses the need for special treatment of culture in the school systems, while the European Parliament proclaims ‘the intercultural dimension of education’ (Decision No 253/2000/EC of 24 January 2000). Educational projects promoted by the European Centre for Modern Languages, such as LEA, refer to societies characterised by linguistic and cultural diversity.

It is my strong conviction that sensitizing language learners to cultural diversity affects their linguistic repertoire for expressing and making sense of meanings they encounter in diverse communicative situations. Thus their language acquisition processes are supported and the use of a foreign language in multiple contexts is more appropriate and accurate. Although many second/foreign language learners have access to authentic cultural texts (in the broad sense of the term), in formal educational settings the mediation of the teacher in culture-focused activities is helpful.

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