Teaching Culture in China's TEFL Classroom
- culture studies; teaching of culture; textual culture studies; British culture; American culture
This paper focuses on how British and American culture can be taught to students of English within the foreign language curriculum at the university level in China. Taking into account the goals, the vastness of the subject, students' lack of background knowledge, the syllabus design and teaching method of culture studies must be subordinated to the overall aim of TEFL. However, the current practice of teaching British and American culture to non-native students of English tends to fall into some pitfalls in that students are bombarded with excessive cultural information on various aspects of the two English-speaking cultures. This paper will examine how the teaching of culture can be integrated into the learning of the English language by proposing an alternative approach to culture studies in TEFL classroom, namely the textual culture studies. In addition, a three-step method of teaching culture studies will be proposed and particularly the teaching of American primary belief of work will be exemplified to illustrate culture studies within the foreign language curriculum must be fundamentally different from similar ones in other disciplines or curriculums.
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TY - CONF AU - Chunrong Wang PY - 2019/08 DA - 2019/08 TI - Teaching Culture in China's TEFL Classroom BT - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Arts, Design and Contemporary Education (ICADCE 2019) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 695 EP - 701 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://www.atlantis-press.com/article/125916187 ID - Wang2019/08 ER -