Embedding foreign culture can add a new dimension to lessons
Many areas of the school curriculum can address "intercultural understanding". But for language teachers, different countries, cultures and ways of life are the essence of the subject.
Bringing aspects of other countries and cultures into our lessons enriches and enlivens the learning. We hope that pupils will begin to understand that their culture and way of life is not the only one, and that is not necessarily the right one. We strive to show students that "foreign" is not synonymous with "wrong".
Language and culture are inextricably linked. For example, the Spanish word puente does not always mean "bridge" in its strictest sense. A little investigation reveals a tradition for taking days off that you'll wish happened at home. Understanding and respecting the culture of the other country enhances the language-learning experience and makes the learning deeper and more meaningful.
It is through embedding cultural understanding in schemes of learning that we can really enrich and rejuvenate the dull topics. Here are some ideas to illustrate how it could work.
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