Discussion Please login to the Google group, and find the appropriate discussion thread (by name). Respondto the prompt, read your classmates’ responses, and discuss. goo.gl/9jhy9
Key terms Culture (capital C): literature, art, music culture (lower-case c) people’s attitudes, beliefs, values. Identifies groups. (groups are permeable – we belong to many groups….)
Culture in LL Cultural descriptions can fall into being essentialist and reductive (Holliday, Hyde & Kullman, 2010). Reductive – reduced culture to simple causes. Essentialist – see handout
Discussion Thinkof a time you have learned about another language or culture. What were some of the elements of essentialist descriptions of the culture? How did your views of the language/culture change as you became more familiar with the community?
Cultural representations Whatcan we see in textbooks/teaching materials? Whatcan we get through online materials? What do we gain through interacting with individuals?
Online cultures Online communities not the same as an in-person community or cultural group. Learners may (or may not) feel comfortable using social tools (e.g., forums, CMC, etc.) Teachers create artificial approximation of inter-cultural exchange or allow learners to explore?
Activity Develop (in pairs) a teaching activity that can help learners understand an area of the target culture(s) from a non- essentialist point of view. Use either online materials or CMC or a combination to help facilitate the activity. Post on your blog.