Teaching Language, Learning Culture

Overview

Whenever a new language is learned, a new culture is also learned. Swiderski provides instructive examples of language learning situations by describing multilingual events using more than twenty of the world's languages. All aspects of language learning from the physical environment of the classroom to the perceptions of events and emotions that languages express are considered. Australian aboriginal languages and Native American languages are analyzed to illustrate the world of differences of which English, ...

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Overview

Whenever a new language is learned, a new culture is also learned. Swiderski provides instructive examples of language learning situations by describing multilingual events using more than twenty of the world's languages. All aspects of language learning from the physical environment of the classroom to the perceptions of events and emotions that languages express are considered. Australian aboriginal languages and Native American languages are analyzed to illustrate the world of differences of which English, Chinese, and Russian are also a part. The politics of language teaching and the effect of language policy in the classroom are brought out in concrete examples. This study will be of interest to language teachers and the general international community as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897893268
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/30/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD M. SWIDERSKI is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Moi University in Kenya.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Cultural Context of Language Teaching 1
1 Language and Culture 3
2 Culture in the Language Classroom 11
3 Transmitting Culture in the Language Classroom 19
4 Awareness of Culture 25
Pt. II Culture Learning through Language Teaching 45
5 Not the Whole Language but Enough: Lexical Culture 47
6 Forming and Using a Cultural Lexicon: English and Mayan 59
7 Learning and Not Learning Kiswahili: Bringing Language Closer to Culture 71
Pt. III Language as Cultural Utterances 83
8 Culture as Pidgin: Another Tiny Nation 85
9 The Size of Cultural Utterances: Ninja Turtles and Ninjas 99
10 Conditions of Culture Learning 109
Pt. IV Pedagogy of Cultural Utterances: Reading the Newspaper with Naoko 119
11 Language Ideas, Ideals, Ideologies: Japanese and English 121
12 Reading the Newspaper with Naoko: Setting 129
13 Transcriptions 139
14 Discourse and Culture 153
Pt. V The Cultural Politics of Language Learning 165
15 Language Policy and Language Learning: Culture into Classroom 167
16 Language Teacher Training as Cultural Conversion 177
17 Learning Kanji: A Cultural Politics of Reading 187
18 Lifetimes of Language Learning across Cultures 197
19 A Suggestopedia Love Story 211
Conclusion 217
References 221
Index 229
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