The thesis is concerned with the contribution and incorporation of the teaching of culture into the foreign language classroom. More specifically, some consideration will be given to the why and how of teaching culture. It will be demonstrated that teaching a foreign language is not tantamount to giving a homily on syntactic structures or learning new vocabulary and expressions, but mainly incorporates, or should incorporate, some cultural elements, which are intertwined with language itself. Furthermore, we will show how teachers incorporate culture into the classroom using current techniques and methods The main premise of the paper is that effective communication is more than a matter of language proficiency and that, apart from enhancing and enriching communicative competence, cultural competence can also lead to empathy and respect toward different culturesas well as promote objectivity and cultural discernment.
Morris, Kerry Maggie and Westerbeck, Ashley
"Using Culture to Enhance Foreign Language Learning,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2010
, Article 16.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2010/iss1/16