The Importance of Culture in Second and Foreign Language Learning

Dinamika Ilmu: Journal of Education. 15(1), 1-10 (2015), DOI:10.1080/j.dl.joe.2015.15.1.1.10.

10 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2015 Last revised: 10 Sep 2015

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Sheeraz Soomro

University of Sindh

Bahram Kazemian

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Tabriz Branch

Israr Mahar

Pakistan Steel Cadet College; Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, Karachi

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Date Written: September 6, 2015

Abstract

English has been designated as a source of intercultural communication among the people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. A range of linguistic and cultural theories contribute meaningful insights on the development of competence in intercultural communication. The speculations suggest the use of communicative strategies focusing on the development of learners’ efficiency in communicating language through cultural context. However, the teaching of culture in communication has not been paid due importance in a number of academic and language settings of Pakistan and Iran. This assignment study indicates problems in view of teaching English as a medium of instruction in public sector colleges of interior Sindh, Pakistan and prescribed textbooks in Iranian schools. It also aims to identify drawbacks and shortcoming in prescribed textbooks for intermediate students at college level and schools. Therefore, the assignment study recommends integration of cultural awareness into a language teaching programme for an overall achievement of competence in intercultural communication.

Keywords: Cultural awareness, Intercultural communication, Communicative competence, Cross-cultural interaction, Teaching pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Soomro, Sheeraz and Kazemian, Bahram and Mahar, Israr, The Importance of Culture in Second and Foreign Language Learning (September 6, 2015). Dinamika Ilmu: Journal of Education. 15(1), 1-10 (2015), DOI:10.1080/j.dl.joe.2015.15.1.1.10. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2656713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2656713

Sheeraz Soomro

University of Sindh ( email )

Jamshoro, Sindh
Pakistan

Bahram Kazemian (Contact Author)

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Tabriz Branch ( email )

Tabriz Northern Bypass Expy
Tabriz
Iran

Israr Mahar

Pakistan Steel Cadet College ( email )

Karachi
Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari, Karachi ( email )

Faqir Mohammad Dura Khan Road,
Near cheel chowk
Karachi, Sindh 75500
Pakistan

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