The recognition that cultural learning is an integral part of foreign language learning is quickly taking hold among language teachers. This book offers a practical introduction to the issues by providing descriptions of classroom practice, of curriculum innovation and of experimental courses. These are accompanied by chapters on principles of methodology, on problems in assessing cultural learning and on the implications for teacher education and society at large. Michael Byram is the author of several books on language learning and culture, including Cultural Studies in Foreign Language Education (1988), and Investigating Cultural Studies in Foreign Language Teaching (1991).
Michael Byram taught languages in secondary school and adult education. At Durham University since 1980, now emeritus, he has researched the education of linguistic minorities and foreign language education. His most recent book is From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship (Multilingual Matters) and he is the editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. Carol Morgan (University of Bath) and Albane Cain (University of Cergy-Pontoise) have worked together on intercultural projects in the past and both have been involved in teaching and researching foreign language learning and cultural studies for many years in schools and universities. The research project described here was undertaken by Carol Morgan, and Albane Cain acted as a critical friend in helping to analyse the processes and products of the project.
Part 1 Developing a theory of language-and-culture learning: Culture in language learning; Theories for the classroom; Conclusion. Part 2 Methodology and methods: Comparison; A body of knowledge; Fieldwork; Summary. Part 3 Teachers of language-and-culture: The need for theory; Developing a model of teacher education; Summary. Part 4 Principles in practice - illustrative cases: "Cultural awareness" and the National Curriculum for England and Wales; "Fachdidaktische Kriterien zur Integration von Landeskunde und Kommunikation"; Understanding politics and political institutions in Britain; Ma ville et celle des autres; "Cultural Studies/Civilisation" for advanced language learners; Preparing university students for residence abroad; In-service teacher education - British Studies in English Language Teaching; Ab initio learners of German at university - teaching cultural competence; British Cultural Studies in Turkey. Part 5 Assessing cultural learning: What to assess; How to assess; Experiments in assessment; Levels of competence; Summary. Part 6 The Wider Context: Language and culture teaching as political education; Cultural learning and multicultural education; Language learning and social class; Conclusion.