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General Education and Language Teaching Methodology

The Gdańsk School of ELT


Edited By Karolina Janczukowicz and Mikołaj Rychło

This book presents a selection of papers on teaching English as a foreign language and the role of language education in human development. As thinking skills rely on language, language education should exceed utilitarian and everyday communicative needs and should be the basis for developing other school subjects. The book provides practical suggestions for language teaching, for the development of logical thinking and the understanding of the linguistic relationship between the first and the second languages in a historical perspective.
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Texts of culture in English language education



Olga Aleksandrowska, University of Gdańsk

This paper attempts to discuss the importance of using texts of culture in teaching English, particularly with a view to counteracting the paucity of content in ELT coursebook texts. The first part deals with selected problems observed in English language education in Polish schools. Texts of culture are also discussed as recommended educational resources for lessons as well as their multiple benefits for the student’s overall development. Moreover, suggestions are provided for the choice of criteria for text selection in the classroom. The paper closes with some considerations governing the inclusion of texts of culture in the process of teaching and learning English.

Key words: texts of culture, educational potential, linguistic and cognitive development

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