Culture-integrated teaching for the enhancement of EFL learner tolerance

Mohammad Abdollahi-Guilani, Mohamad Subakir Mohd Yasin, Kim Hua Tan, Khadijeh Aghaei

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Abstract

This paper discusses the significance of learning and teaching culture as an inseparable part of language and invites language teachers to integrate cultural points into the syllabus of language programs. A learner may have a good command of grammar and lexicon, but have difficulty in comprehending the message. Understanding why communication is possible for certain readers but not for others can partly lie in the cultural shades of the words and events. For some nationalities, gestures, names, numbers, and colors are suggestive of ill manners, while in others, they are welcome. This study justifies the importance of including culture in the language teaching programs because familiarity with the cultural features of the target language people can help the learners see the world with open eyes and modify their attitude toward other cultures. This can generally enhance their tolerance not only as a language learner but also as a human being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-120
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Cultural tolerance
  • EFL learners
  • Gesture
  • Language learning
  • Social behavior
  • Vocabulary

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Culture-integrated teaching for the enhancement of EFL learner tolerance. / Abdollahi-Guilani, Mohammad; Mohd Yasin, Mohamad Subakir; Tan, Kim Hua; Aghaei, Khadijeh.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 8, No. 6, 2012, p. 115-120.

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Abdollahi-Guilani, Mohammad ; Mohd Yasin, Mohamad Subakir ; Tan, Kim Hua ; Aghaei, Khadijeh. / Culture-integrated teaching for the enhancement of EFL learner tolerance. In: Asian Social Science. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 6. pp. 115-120.
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