Language and Culture in the EFL Classroom

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154332 NEW COURSE Language and Culture in the EFL Classroom - Blockseminar 2 PS/HS Sa, 27.04.19, 12:00 - 17:00
Sa, 04.05.19, 11:00 - 17:00
Sa, 11.05.19, 11:00 - 17:00
Sa, 25.05.19, 11:00 - 17:00
R. 3.206 Harrington
Course Description

The integration of intercultural competence in language teaching programs, in an age of mass immigration, borderless communication, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and the use of English as a lingua franca, promotes an avoidance of reductionist and ethnocentric presentations of language and culture. Various models of doing intercultural competence in the language-teaching context have been put forward over the last 25 years, such as those of Bennett and Byram, which promote movement from ethnocentricity to ethnorelativity and the development of intercultural skills. These models will be explored during the course, as will the ‘counter’ concept that intercultural learning is already inherent in foreign language teaching (Edmonson and House).

The course will begin with a review of the concept of culture, the idea of language as a cultural tool and of culture as the generator of language, concepts of linguistic relativity, English as a Lingua Franca, interactional instinct and various ‘theories’ and models of intercultural competence. Contemporary and situated case-study ethnographies of communication will elucidate the bond between language and culture, and a series of interactive exercises will show how teachers can integrate such elements into classroom practice and analysis.

Students will be expected to carry out a project which investigates culture in language and suggest ways of replicating such a project in the EFL Classroom.

In addition to readings posted on Moodle, a list of the relevant literature will be provided at the beginning of the course.

2009 202, 203 202, 203 202, 203 202, 203
2016 202, 203 202, 203 202, 203 202, 203
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
PO vor WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 6bc, 8c
  • Komp: 3c, 4a
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 6bc, 8c
  • Komp: 3c, 4a