CULTURE AND LANGUAGEDavid Aguirre FernándezCarolina Fernández HerreraAna María Narváez TempranoMónica Zambrano Ponguillo
Key words• Legacy of the history – Herencia histórica• Awareness - Conciencia• Culture - Cultura• Language - Idioma• Flesh - Carne• Blood - Sangre• Core – Núcleo
What is culture?• “The set of distinctivespiritual, material, intellectual and emotionalfeatures of society or a social group, and thatit encompasses, in addition to art andliterature, lifestyles, ways of livingtogether, value systems, traditions andbeliefs.”(UNESCO)
Language as a fundamental part ofculture• Philosophical point of view:flesh + blood• Communicative point of view:swimming skill + water• Pragmatic point of view:vehicle + traffic light
Why is culture becoming a centralcore of language learning?Most important reasons:• Globalised world• Influence of culture• Learning culturethrough language
Other reasons:• Need of developing–cultural awareness–intercultural learning–empathy and tolerance• Contents are not enough
How can we use culture to teachforeign languages?• British culture asa model.• British culture:legacy of thehistory of adevelopedcountry.
How can we use culture to teach aforeign language?1. The London Philarmonic Orchestra
But this is not the end…• Songs, rhymes, games…– The English corner.• Food, clothes, typical toys.• Books, comics, newspaper, restaurantmenus, labels…– Using real texts• Don’t forget aboutAustralia, New Zealand,Southafrica, Canada…
To create new culturalactivities:Think about differences in:Language, food, architecture, clothing, expression of emotions., physicalcontact…CONCLUSSIONGrammatical and formalfeatures combined withcultural contents.
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