The Importance of Culturalization in the Process of Learning the Second Language

We know that the main mechanism for obtaining a second language, effectively, is to acquire target language culture. And that, too, can become a problem when the student does not have the openness to know and to imagine in the customs of that language. Culture has shaped mankind since its inception. It is a way of educating through music, poetry, books, theater, cinema; it is a vehicle of transformation and renewal; she is able to convey to individuals their needs and share their thoughts. Through culture, the identity of a country, of a community, will always be manifested. Language represents only part of the whole, which is the formation of the individual's knowledge. The other part, more hidden, "more mysterious" (BYRAM, 1989), and more difficult to achieve is culture. It reflects a whole way of organizing and interpreting the world, characteristic of a social group, characteristic of a community. The main purpose is not to conclude whether it is better to teach foreign language (or simply FL) with or without the use of its cultural particularities. The aim is to show the importance of teaching culture coupled with teaching of foreign language, with reference to the development and results generated by the cultural events and projects of the House of British Culture of the Federal University of Ceará.

Culture, Second Language, Foreign Language, English Language, Teaching and Learning

2019 Special Focus: "Learning to Make a Social Difference"

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