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PRINCIPLE 9: The Language Culture Connection

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Transcript of PRINCIPLE 9: The Language Culture Connection

The Language
"Whenever you teach
a language, you also
teach a complex system of
cultural customs, values, and
ways of thinking, feeling, and
1. Discuss cross-cultural differences with your students
2. Include materials and activities which illustrate the connection
between culture and language.
3. Teach your students the cultural connotations especially
sociolinguistic aspects
of language
4. Screen your techniques for material
that may be culturally offensive
5. Make explicit to your students what you may take for granted in your own culture.
Culture Shock
Stress the importance of the second language as a powerful tool for adjusment in the new culture
Be specially sensitive to any students who appear to be depressed and do what you can assist them
Feedback and EFL Teacher's role
1.Try to distinguish between a student
systematic interlanguage (stemming from
the native language or target language) and
other errors; the former will probably have a
logical developmental process
2. Teachers need to exercise some
tolerance for certain interlanguage forms
that may arise out of a student's logical
developmental process
3. Don't make a student feel
stupid just because of an
interlanguage error; quietly
point out the logic of the
erroneus form
4. Teacher´s feedback to students should
give them that mistakes are not bad, rather
than most mistakes are good indicators that
innate language acquisition abilities are alive
and well
5. Try to get the students to self-correct select error.
6. In your feedback on students' linguistic output, make
sure that you provide ample affective feedback-verbal or
nonverbal- in order to encourage them to speak.
7. As you make judicious selection of which
errors to treat, make sure that your feedback doesn't
thwart further students attempt to speak.
Sociolinguistics is the study of the relationship between language and society.

Sociolinguistics can help us understand why we speak differently in various social contexts, and help uncover the social relationships in a community.
How Does Acculturation Affect Learning and Meaning?
Acculturation is a process that surrounds us on a daily basis whenever we are faced with a foreign culture—we adopt elements from it, from watching foreign films to adopting a catchphrase.

Acculturation may be defined as the process through which someone learns a foreign culture, that is, a culture other than their own. Culture here includes moral values, behaviors, and—the focus of this topic—language.
In the classroom, you can
Help students to be aware of acculturation and its stages
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