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The Educational Potential of Texts of Culture in Teaching English to Senior Secondary School Students

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Olga Aleksandrowska

This book addresses the issue of using texts of culture in the EFL classroom. It analyzes some of the common problems observed in the teaching of English to senior secondary schools students, particularly in the context of the school leaving examination. It offers a discussion of the role of English language education in the school curriculum and stresses the importance of using texts with cognitive appeal at lessons. It presents the impact of literature, films and songs on the student’s overall development and a set of criteria for text selection. It also investigates the English teacher’s role in exploiting the educational potential of culture texts and proposes a way of integrating them with a system of preparation for the school leaving examination in English.
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6. A few remarks on the integration of texts of culture into the English language curriculum

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The present section offers some additional comments and ideas connected with the practical application of songs, films, literature and other culture texts in the context of foreign language education. A question germane to the current discussion is the following: “Is it possible to introduce texts of culture to English lessons in a systematic and organized manner?” Krashen (2004: 6) aptly notices the dire need to regularly expose learners to different forms of challenging and thought-provoking materials. He states that

[t]here has been little attempt to maximize the amount of comprehensible input, little attempt to combine interesting discussions, read alouds, watching films, all in one educational program.

Krashen (2004: 6)

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