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In fresh years language studying has been more and more seen by way of a few SLA researchers as an basically social-psychological method within which the function of a much wider sociocultural context shouldn't be marginalized. This quantity deals a important contribution to this turning out to be physique of study through delivering theoretical concerns and empirical study info on issues akin to the advance of intercultural communicative competence, the function of English as a lingua franca in intercultural verbal exchange, and where of cultural components in SLA theorizing, examine, second/foreign language instructing and instructor education. the amount additionally comprises contributions which percentage the linguistic curiosity within the culture-related techniques and constructs corresponding to time, modesty, politeness, and admire, discussing the culture-dependent modifications in conceptualization and their mirrored image specifically language types and linguistic devices.

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Such interpretations render teaching culture as transmitting information about factual knowledge (‘‘pedagogy of information’’, Larzén-Östermark 2008, p. ). The participants of the study realize that they do not have enough competence to teach along intercultural lines and for this reason they need training. There are also other factors that account for a rather traditional approach to teaching culture, such as class time, teaching and financial resources, or the dominance of teaching methods that focus on language competence.

Each unit ends with language work based on activities centered around phrases, expressions, metaphors, proverbs and sayings that enhance the learner’s linguistic resources for discussing and interpreting cultural issues. The book also includes teacher’s/trainer’s notes that contain additional information on the topics discussed as well as ideas for discussing issues and role playing, for example. The other book that seems particularly useful in the process of implementing intercultural communication training is Developing and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence—A Guide to Language Teachers and Teacher Educators (Lázár et al.

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