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Learner-Community-of-Practice Interaction: Best Practices

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Addressing the Cultural Practices of Our Target Languages. Culture Café Model for Teaching about the Cultural Practices of the Target Language. Identify Opportunity for Program Development & Potential within Your Organization.This lesson is part of the NFLRC Online Language Pedagogy Series, designed for in-service teachers of world languages online.

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Foreign language instruction has a humanities and anthropological component to the content. The study of the cultural, historical, gastronomic, political and geographical practices of the places where our target languages are spoken plays a vital role in broadening the horizons of our students and developing tolerance for foreign cultures. As such, foreign language educators must carry the torch that helps foreign language learners become more tolerant of the differences among people. (Carpenter &Torney 1974) Examining and reflecting how we address this component of our curriculum is important as educators of foreign languages. Integrating opportunities for students to interact with the target language’s culture helps meet learning objectives that address these cultural objectives. Activities such as virtual tours, Socratic seminars and pen pal activities can help students interact in meaningful ways with the culture of the target language.


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National Council of State Supervisors for Languages of Benefits Second Language Study
http://www.ncssfl.org/papers/BenefitsSecondLanguageStudyNEA.pdf


North Carolina Standard Course of Study:http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/foreign-language/world-language.pdf


Developing Cultural Awareness in Foreign Language Teaching
http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/elt/article/viewFile/15270/10334

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