Problems & Solutions
In the following paragraphs I will try to explore as many
problems as I can and to suggest solutions to them.
The First problem teachers are facing is: Overcrowded
The study of culture involves time that many teachers
feel they cannot spare in an already overcrowded curriculum; they content
themselves with the thought that students will be exposed to cultural material
later, after they have mastered the basic grammar and vocabulary of the
should be made aware of the fact that this "later" never seems to come
for most students. Therefore, instead of teaching language and culture
in a Serial fashion, they should teach them in an integrative fashion,
which means that they have to: (Lafayette 1978, 1988)
Some of the questions that teachers might ask themselves
in determining the value of a given cultural activity are: Does the activity…
Plan cultural lessons and activities as carefully as language
activities and integrate them into lesson plans.
Use cultural contexts for language-practice activities
Use a variety of techniques for teaching culture that involves
the four skills (from the beginning through the more advanced levels of
Make good use of textbook illustrations and photos – have
students analyze their cultural significance.
Teach students about the connotative meaning of new words
when teaching vocabulary.
Use discussions, brainstorming, and role-plays for cultural
Test cultural understanding as carefully as language is tested.
Make the learning of culture a requirement?
Relate to the native culture?
Integrate language learning and culture learning?
Provide students with the ability to interact successfully
in novel cultural situations? …
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