The Problem of Culture and English-Language teaching in Europe

Bex, Tony (1994) The Problem of Culture and English-Language teaching in Europe. Iral-International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 32 (1). pp. 57-67. ISSN 0019-042X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper argues that we are still some way from developing a coherent theory of the ways in which culture and language interact and what implications such a theory might have for second language teaching. It is suggested that dominant theories of first and second language acquisition tend to treat language as though it were a culturally homogeneous phenomenon, whereas any particular language is made up of a number of different varieties each one of which expresses its own cultural meanings. Because language learners are taught a 'core' variety of the target language, they are often unaware of the cultural differences, tending instead to see the 'core' language as representative of a unified, monolithic culture. This is discussed in relation to the teaching of English within Europe, and suggestions are made as to how language teachers can remedy the situation by making pupils more aware of the cultural diversity of Britain. It is suggested that this would make the language classroom not only instrumental but also educative in function.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 07:08
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