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Developing Cross-cultural Awareness and English Learning. 《 学生双语报 》 刘鹰. Cross-cultural Awareness: the Present Situation. Developing cross cultural awareness set as a goal in English learning in NCS New textbooks include a lot of cultural information
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Cross-cultural Awareness: the Present Situation • Developing cross cultural awareness set as a goal in English learning in NCS • New textbooks include a lot of cultural information • Cultural background knowledge as a failed course
Misconceptions • Culture is considered as a background • One needs to learn English first to understand foreign cultures • Understanding foreign cultures can be very difficult • It is not really necessary to develop cross culture awareness for students in China
Problems with the Present System • Students have trouble communicating with native speakers if language learning is separated from cultural learning. • It is hard to learn authentic language if cultural factors are not taken into consideration • Learning language without cultural learning can be bored
The Presentation • A wake up call, instead of a systematic solution to the problem • Why cross cultural awareness, with three stories • Culture awareness development should start from the very beginning • Cross Culture awareness should be part of an liberal education
Why cross cultural awareness? • Culture and Language • Language learning can’t be efficient unless culture is included. • Culture studies and development of cross culture awareness will help students learn the language with great interest. • Three real life stories
Greetings: the Chinese way • Confusing questions • What are you doing? • Are you watching TV? • Where are you going? • Have your had your meal (lunch, dinner)? • Greetings
A Joke and More Stories • How are you? • I am fine ( well) or I am good (pretty good) • a bike accident • How are you? • I am fine! And you? • Pardon or excuse me?
Brainless English and Street Talk • CCTV oral English contest • Ways of thinking or mind set are culturally related • Straight talk and credibility • Popular and misleading ideas of cool English • Educated English should be the core • Street talk can be misleading
Culture Starts From the First Hello! • Language and culture can’t be separated • Cross cultural awareness development should start from the very beginning • Professor Chen Lin’s story • Start from “thank you, excuse me, and please”, instead of letters • All the three phrases includes cultural elements
Teaching Letters JCT St
Teaching Words Enter Stop
Numbers and Directions A map
Cross-cultural Awareness and Liberal education • Common sense: the “flying” mouse • Knowledge about history and canons • Cultural icons: “The Prince” • Well known and accepted ways of translations: HP
Commonly known areas of cross cultural awareness • Manners, body languages • Communication and interactions • Taboos and customs
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