This paper was adapted from a presentation made at ACTFL, Dallas, November 23, 1986.
Mediating Cultural Bias with Authentic Target-Language Texts for Beginning Students of Spanish1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1987 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 557–563, December 1987
How to Cite
Bacon, S. M. C. (1987), Mediating Cultural Bias with Authentic Target-Language Texts for Beginning Students of Spanish. Foreign Language Annals, 20: 557–563. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1987.tb03055.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The beginning levels of foreign-language instruction present the greatest challenge to teachers who wish to include authentic target-language (TL) materials. Often, when authentic materials are used indiscriminantly, research has shown that beginning students are more likely to miscomprehend, or worse, to form cultural stereotypes that are based on their own world experience. This paper suggests appropriate kinds of texts and ways the teacher can lead students through readings so that they not only build meaning, but also add to their understanding of the target culture. Although examples are in Spanish, the principles apply to any beginning foreign-language course.