Jonathan F. Arries (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
Constructing Culture Study Units: A Blueprint and Practical Tools
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1994 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 523–534, December 1994
How to Cite
Arries, J. F. (1994), Constructing Culture Study Units: A Blueprint and Practical Tools. Foreign Language Annals, 27: 523–534. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1994.tb01230.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT For years the leading voices in foreign language education have spoken to the issue of how to incorporate culture study in the second language classroom. There are essentially two schools of thought about culture study: a traditional “activity” approach and an “anthropology-process” model. Both schools have inspired innovative and successful techniques, yet seldom do the theorists of either group relate these to a specific language acquisition theory. A theoretical foundation for any model of culture study is important to practitioners, as it provides a blueprint according to which teachers can judge the adequacy of the activities in their repertoire. In this essay, I describe three integrated activities that students and teachers can use as tools to construct and evaluate a culture study unit at the novice level. I conclude with a summary of a psycholinguistic theory of language acquisition and append examples and evaluation forms.