5: Rooted in Culture
Before You Watch
To begin this workshop session, you will tap your prior knowledge and experience and then read current research on teaching culture in foreign language classes.
Reflect on Your ExperienceConsider the ways in which you have integrated culture into your lessons, then answer the following questions. You may want to save your answers in order to reflect on them again at the end of the session.
Examine the ResearchRead each of the articles listed below, then answer the following questions.
Articles"Artifacts, Sociofacts, Mentifacts: A Sociocultural Framework" (PDF, 129 K)
This article describes an activity that uses the three interrelated dimensions of culture (artifacts, sociofacts, and mentifacts) to encourage deeper language-culture exploration.
Fantini, Alvino E., and Beatriz C. Fantini. "Artifacts, Sociofacts, Mentifacts: A Sociocultural Framework." In New Ways in Teaching Culture, edited by Alvino E. Fantini and Beatriz C. Fantini, 57-59. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., 1995.
"Giving Dimension to Mappaemundi: The Matter of Perspective"
Part 1 (PDF, 842 K) Part 2 (PDF, 853 K) Part 3 (PDF, 666 K)
This article addresses the importance of looking at different perspectives for effective cross-cultural interactions. Note: Many examples presented in this article are written in Spanish. However, you will be able to understand all key ideas even if you do not speak Spanish.
Galloway, Vicki. "Giving Dimension to Mappaemundi: The Matter of Perspective." In Teaching Cultures of the Hispanic World: Products and Practices in Perspective, edited by Vicki Galloway, 3-38. Mason, OH: Thomson Learning Custom Publishing, 2001.
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