Daniel Shanahan (Ph.D., Stamford University) is Associate Professor of English at Groupe HEC, Jouy-en-Josas, France.
Culture, culture and “culture” in Foreign Language Teaching
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1998 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 451–458, October 1998
How to Cite
Shanahan, D. (1998), Culture, culture and “culture” in Foreign Language Teaching. Foreign Language Annals, 31: 451–458. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1998.tb00588.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT “Culture,” which is taking on increasing importance in contemporary foreign language pedagogy, has also been the subject of much debate. Definitions of what culture is have proliferated, from Matthew Arnold to Levi-Strauss to Edward Hall, and not infrequently lines of opposition have formed around them. But if we abandon an oppositional mode of thinking and address the question of culture and language learning from the perspective of the affective elements contained within both, we may be able to adopt a more ecumenical approach to the former and provide ourselves with a much more powerful tool for helping students acquire the latter.