Lesson 2: Proficiency and Cultural Literacy


1. The text from Bright Lights, Big City might be very difficult for even quite advanced learners because of its

2. Prior knowledge of the linguistic and cultural features of a given situation within a meaningful situation is called

3. A work of literature, instructions for assembling a desk, a subway map, and a current newspaper - all written in a foreign language - are all examples of

Clear Answers


Choose a favorite literary text written in the last ten years. Pull out a paragraph from the opening page and read it carefully for "teachable moments." First pull out interesting lexical and grammatical features. Next, go through for any mention of cultural features that might impede comprehension for a non-native speaker. Finally, think about how you could integrate the explanation of the cultural moment with the grammatical and/or lexical features that you've identified.