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English and Culture: Learning About Us and Them: A Study About Teachers' Conceptions and Teaching of Culture in the English Classroom
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay, four teachers of English as a foreign language were interviewed about their conceptions of culture and language. The purpose was to investigate what they consider important to teach their students about culture and how they attempt to achieve this in practice. Furthermore, it was discussed whether the teaching of culture can be improved. The study was conducted through semi-structured interviews, using theory about culture taught from either a product perspective, as observable behaviors, facts and information, or from a process perspective, as values, attitudes and empathy with otherness. The results showed that the teachers generally aimed to teach culture from a process perspective, promoting empathy, deconstructing stereotypes and teaching about the students’ own culture as well as cultural features in other parts of the world. They also listed some methods of achieving this aim. However, many of the teaching methods were more centered around facts and information, particularly about national cultures. This suggested an approach more focused on culture as a product, which may be detrimental to the voiced goals of teaching culture as a process. 

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2017. , p. 30
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Culture, language, EFL, interculturality, product perspective, process perspective.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34249OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-34249DiVA, id: diva2:1112076
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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