By Michael Byram

Written by means of the winner of the 1987 BAAL publication prize, this ebook offers with the purchase of realizing of international cultures and peoples. it's also a examine of the philosophy and objective of language educating in all its features, within the context of international language educating in secondary schooling. The e-book is written for language lecturers and, notwithstanding it attracts on disciplines no longer frequently incorporated of their schooling education, it does so from in the profession's personal viewpoint. it's an try and bring up academics' and rookies' know-how of the total academic price of international language studying.

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The theoretical ground for such a syllabus is much less well prepared, and will be taken up in more detail in later chapters. Yet there has to be some attempt to provide both a descriptive Page 20 analysis of at least part of the particular culture and a series of statements about the nature of culture which make it possible to operationalise the aims of creating tolerance and understanding of other peoples. For without such guidance cultural studies in foreign language teaching cannot fulfil the educational role which it uniquely possesses, and which sustains the claim that foreign language teaching makes a substantial contribution to pupils' personal development and general education.

We must look at the education of pupils, at their needs as the Page 12 teacher perceives them, at the contribution to their whole educational development that language teaching can offer. When questions are put in these terms, most language teachers will find answers, and indeed such answers have been articulated in the English `National Criteria' for the General Certificate of Secondary Education: French, where it is implicitly claimed that such a contribution is not incompatible with the approach through communicative needs.

Yet there has to be some attempt to provide both a descriptive Page 20 analysis of at least part of the particular culture and a series of statements about the nature of culture which make it possible to operationalise the aims of creating tolerance and understanding of other peoples. For without such guidance cultural studies in foreign language teaching cannot fulfil the educational role which it uniquely possesses, and which sustains the claim that foreign language teaching makes a substantial contribution to pupils' personal development and general education.

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