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The Cultural Context in Foreign Language Teaching


Edited By Martin Pütz

The present book is a collection of selected papers held at the 23rd International LAUD Symposium on «The Cultural Context in Communication Across Languages» (26-31 March 1997) in Duisburg, Germany. The papers included in this volume highlight several aspects pertaining to the cultural dimension of foreign language teaching and learning. The topics covered range from theoretical accounts on text, language, and culture through to empirically-based aspects of non-native discourse as well as sociolinguistic and cultural awareness in foreign language teaching. Finally, the volume brings together contributions from a wide variety of languages and cultural settings.
The Cultural Context in Foreign Language Teaching will interest students of educational linguistics and language pedagogy, intercultural communication and discourse analysis.


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Preface Martin Piltz Section 1: Theoretical orientation: Perspectives on text, language, and culture Literary texts and intercultural understanding Lothar Bredella Is there a problem in writing and reading texts across languages Robert B. Kaplan Clause ordering as a text-building device in written L2 Chris Braecke, Ronald Geluykens and Kat} a Pelsmaekers Section 2: Lexico-grammatical and conversational issues in non-native discourse What is behind a word: cultural scripts vii 3 19 35 Carlos Inchaurralde 55 The use of modal auxiliaries in non-native communicative style Chris Braecke, Hubert Cuyckens, Ronald Geluykens and Geert Jacobs 67 Negative contextualization: a socio-semiotic approach to foreign language teaching Anita Fetzer 85 Section 3: Raising sociolinguistic and cultural awareness in FLT Cultural competence and FL comprehension Colin Simpson 113 vi Contents 'Not everyone's cup of tea'. The problem of interculturality in foreign language teaching illustration Angela Heidemann Sensitising Spanish learners of English to cultural differences: the case of politeness Rosina Marquez Reiter Teaching sociolinguistics: language and some socio-cognitive processes at work Martin Piitz Section 4: Language and education in multilingual communities Teaching the emergent culture of an official English in South Africa 125 143 157 Christa van der Walt 187 Linguistic and cultural factors that influence readability of mathematics questions Elise Prins 203 Sociocultural constraints in EFL teaching in Cameroon Augustin Simo Bobda 221 Subject Index 241 List of contributors 245

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