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


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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Teachers of English make continuous efforts to ensure that their learners successfully develop their foreign language skills. A multitude of interesting and creative activities have been designed to provide sufficiently meaningful input and yet it has been noticed that students who have acquired the ability to use the foreign language communicatively, have not undergone the expected cognitive development during the language learning process. This observation is surprising when we consider the educational potential that foreign language education seems to carry to stimulate not only learners’ linguistic but also their intellectual and emotional growth.

One of the reasons for this state of affairs can be attributed to the poor quality of texts included in some English coursebooks used at school, which directly and negatively affects learners’ intellectual capacity, as observed by numerous English language educators. This problem appears to be particularly visible at the senior secondary school level. At his level, learners are expected to expand their intellectual horizons also during their foreign language classes. This, however, can only happen provided students receive sufficiently challenging input. It is assumed in this work that valuable films, literature and songs and other texts of culture might effectively enrich the content of the English language course and enhance learners’ overall development.

It must also be remembered that students at senior secondary schools frequently face the necessity of taking the final examination, which implies the need to learn with a specific goal in mind. This might hamper the English...

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