The Effect of L2 Learning on Learners' Perception of Culture

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Isfahan university of Technology

2 Qom university of Technology

Abstract

This study was undertaken to cast light over EFL learners' perception of culture. To that end, a group of English language learners was taught English through Interchange Series and their perception of culture was assessed using a researcher constructed questionnaire. The same questionnaire was also administered to the parents of the same learners to detect any probable differences. The results revealed that the EFL learners are largely distinct from their parents in perceptions of the designated cultural issues. While EFL learners were oriented towards Western Culture, their parents were lopsided towards domestic issues.

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Aleptkin, C. (2002). Towards intercultural communicative competence in ELT. ELT Journal, 56(1), 57-64.
 
Brown, H. Douglasss (2007). Principles of Language Learning and Teaching. NY: Pearson Education.
 
Brown, H. Douglasss (1980). The optimal distance model of second language acquisition. TESOL Quarterly, 14, 157-164.
 
Chatterjee, P. 1993. The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. NJ: Princeton University Press.
 
Genc, B. & Bada, E. (2005). Culture in language learning and teaching.
The  Reading Matrix, 5(1), 73-84.
 
Halliday, M.A.K. (1978). Language and order of nature in M.A.K.
Halliday (Ed.), On Language & Linguistics. London: Continuum
 
Kumaravadivelu, B. (2003). Problemtizing cultural stereotypes in TESOL. TESOL  Quarterly, 37, 709-718.
 
Robinson-Stuart, G. & Nocon, H. (1996). Second culture acquisition: Ethnography in the second and foreign language classroom. Modern Language Journal, 87, 365-374.
 
Schumann, J. (1976). Second language acquisition research: Getting a more global look at the learner. Language Learning, Special Issue, 4, 15-28.
 
Stevick, E. (1976). Memory, Meaning and Method. Rowley: Newbury House.
Vygotsky, L.S. (1962). Thought and Language. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
 
 
Widdowson, H. G. (1998). Context, community and authentic language.
TESOL  Quarterly, 32/4, 705-16.
 
Zarei, G. R. & Khalessi, M. (2010). Cultural Hegemony in English Language Textbooks: Interchange Series and Iranian Senior High School English Textbooks Compared. Saarbrucken: LAP