The Gdańsk School of ELT
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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