John M. Purcell (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Professor of Spanish and foreign language education at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
Cultural Appreciation through Literature
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 19–24, February 1988
How to Cite
Purcell, J. M. (1988), Cultural Appreciation through Literature. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 19–24. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb01054.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The decision concerning which cultural aspects in literature to discuss can best be made by determining the kind of cultural content it contains, and whether the culture depicted is authentic, aculture, burlesque of culture, or deformation of culture. Preparatory to teaching culture in literature, appropriate goals should be established and necessary background provided. A variety of activities may be utilized to focus on culture while reading the work. Finally, learning outcomes should be assessed in reference to the established goals.