TOPIC 4. VALUATION OF THE KNOWLEDGEOF FOREIGN LANGUAGE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF COMMUNICATION AMONG PEOPLE AND COUNTRIES. INTEREST IN LIGUISTICDIVERSITY BY KNOWING A NEW LANGUAGE AND ITS CULTURE.
LINGUA FRANCA Nowadays, English is the most widespread language in the world. Lingua francacan be defined as any language that is widely used as a means of communicationamong speakers of other languages.
The importance of English language• English is the major language of news and information in the world, of business and government.• It is also an official language, or the official language, of many international organizations, including the United Nations• It is often used as a means of communication between people who have different native languages.• Learning another language gives the learner the ability to know other cultures.• American popular culture (primarily movies and music) carries the English language throughout the world.
KNOWING A NEW LANGUAGE AND ITS CULTURE The teaching of culture into the foreignlanguage curriculum involves theconventions, customs, geography,traditions, songs, games, beliefs andsystem of meaning of another country. It helps avoid the stereotypes that manypeople have from other countries and thushelps to educate our students for a moretolerant world.
Sociocultural aspects in the Royal Decree 1513/ 2006 OBJECTIVES “To value the foreign language and languages in general as a mean of communication and understanding among people from different places and different cultures and the use of languages like a tool of learning different contents”.
BASIC COMPETENCESa) Linguistic competence in communication.c) Competence in the knowledge about and interacting with the environment: A language is the main vehicle for human thinking, the most powerful tool for interpreting and representing the reality and the learning instrument par excellence.e) Social and civic competence: Languages are also vehicles of communication and cultural transmission; knowledge of a culture different from their own, contributes to the respect and acceptance of behavioural and cultural differences, promoting tolerance and integration.f) Cultural and artistic competence: Linguistic production has a cultural component. It involves knowledge of monuments and other art expressions, festivities, celebrities, etc.
CONTENTS• Block 4. Sociocultural knowledge and intercultural awareness. “Languages are vehicles for communication and cultural transmission. Learning a foreign language involves knowing other cultures and fosters the respect and acceptance of behavioural and cultural differences, promoting tolerance and integration”.
METHODOLOGY The methodological proposal is basedon the development of students’communicative competence throughmeaningful and communicative situationsclose to our students’ interests. We will promote a critical attitudetowards sociocultural information and wewill avoid the creation of stereotypes.
EVALUATION CRITERIA Evaluation criteria in the area of foreign languages include sociocultural aspects:• To show interest and respect toward the people who speak the foreign language and its culture.• To identify some features, costumes and traditions from the countries where the foreign language is spoken.• To recognise the linguistic diversity and the value of learning foreign languages as an instrument of communication with other people from other countries.
ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CULTURAL CONTENTS • To find a pen pal. • To watch foreign movies or listening songs. • To read or watch foreign news online. • Celebration of foreign language days.