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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.


National Council of State Supervisors for Languages of Benefits Second Language Study

North Carolina Standard Course of Study:

Developing Cultural Awareness in Foreign Language Teaching