Socialcultural Factors content Culture Age Stereotypes Attitudes Understanding SL culture Acculturation Cultural Shock Social Distance Culture in the classroom
Social Cultural Factors“language is a part of a culture, and a culture is a part of a language” (Brown, 2000) “As there is no languageless community there isn’t cultureless community”
Defining Culture cognitive and affective behavior barrier / relationship “Culture is a way of life. it is the context within which we exist, think, feel and relate to others” (Donne 1924) Culture is the ideas, customs, skills, art and tools that characterize a given group of people (Brown- 1994) “The meaningful universe in which each human exist is not a universal reality, but, a category of reality consisting of selecting organized features consider significant by the culture in which he lives” (Condon 1973)
Culture PERCEPTION = SUBJECTIVEThink of sth you do not like about EnglishcultureThink of sth that you dislike about a culture anddoes not make you feel interested in learningthat lg
AgeA relevant factor in SLAyounger people= more interested in mass mediaOlder people= not much disposition for the media nor social group
Stereotypes social stereotypes are certain characteristics belonging to an individual just for being part of a social group or community ○ Lumping cultural differences ○ Stereotyping everyone ○ STP: based on our culture
Attitude towards LgMisunderstandings, lack of Desire to understand and knowledge ethocentric empathize with others
Understanding SL cultureAcculturation Cultural Shock Social Distance
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE “A language is part of a culture and a culture is part of a language; the two are intricately interwoven so that one cannot separate them without losing the significance of either language or culture.” Brown, 1999.
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