Culture in Second Language Acquisition

Master's Thesis


How should we teach a foreign language? åÑ This is a question many have been asking in the last century, there have been several attempts to find the best answer. Nevertheless, within most foreign language curricula the role of culture has been always limited, or at least much underestimated. This thesis reexamines the approach towards the teaching of the target culture in the foreign language curriculum. In order to understand the importance of culture for the second language acquisition the author analyzes the nature of culture within this specific context and its connection with language, and proves that the teaching of target culture brings benefits to teaching of foreign lanaguage. The author reviews the significance of the teaching of second culture looking for asnwers to several questions, such as: Is it possible to separate language from culture? Is it possible to be a conscious language user without a real understanding of peoples to whom this language belongs? In order to achieve a cultural competence is it sufficient to learn patterns of behaviors or to memorize a list of facts about high culture of the target country? How can we teach culture without neglecting the teaching of language? How is it possible to reach the equilibrium between linguistic and cultural instruction? The thesis proposes a solution to this questions, presenting a new way of integrating cultural topics in the second language learning.


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  • etd-07232006-212522

Author Karolina Serafin
Advisor Colleen Ryan-Scheutz
Contributor Colleen Ryan-Scheutz, Committee Chair
Contributor John Welle, Committee Member
Contributor Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Romance Languages and Literatures
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2006-08-08

Submission Date 2006-07-23
  • United States of America

  • learning

  • language

  • culture

  • teaching

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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