Lesson 1: Culture? What Culture?

Linguoculture

In the process of learning, the union of language and information relating to the national culture is called 'linguocultural' teaching.

—Kostomarov and Vereshchagin, Language and Culture, 1983.

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On linguocultural teaching.

Duration: 02:44

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Choose a sample portion or segment from a textbook that you use frequently in your own language classes. Make an outline of the lexical-grammatical material and the cultural material featured in the unit. Consider what might be done to integrate the two elements more fully in your class.

Linguoculture in FL Contexts

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Contexts of linguoculture.

Duration: 03:07

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Consider four other "cultural artifacts" from non-US cultures. As in the models provided in the video clip, identify the cultural markers of these items that make them unique "purveyors" of cultural information. How might you integrate this kind of culture-specific information into a more general lesson on language?