Teaching Culture in Introductory Foreign Language Textbooks

  • Carol A. Chapelle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Carol A. Chapelle
    Pages 75-122
  3. Carol A. Chapelle
    Pages 123-179
  4. Carol A. Chapelle
    Pages 181-212
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-263

About this book


This book demonstrates how foreign language textbook analysis can inform future materials development to improve foreign language teaching. Through chronological analysis of French textbooks in the United States, this book explores the representations of Canada and Quebec in French beginner textbooks produced from 1960 to 2010. Chapelle couples a large collection of 65 textbooks with a social-semiotic qualitative analysis of the genres, language and images that communicate Quebec's cultural narrative to learners. Findings about the amount and type of content are presented by decade to track the trends in foreign language teaching and changes in Quebec’s representation. Particular attention is given to how language politics is presented to students through text and images. This book will be of interest to scholars of Canadian Studies, Quebec Studies and Second Language Acquisition, as well as foreign language materials developers.

Carol A. Chapelle is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.  She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2013), co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series, past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and former editor of TESOL Quarterly.


social-semiotics genre analysis foreign language teaching Quebec Studies Canadian Studies cultural narrative culture French language language acquisition language teaching second language Second language acquisition semiotics SLA

Authors and affiliations

  • Carol A. Chapelle
    • 1
  1. 1.Iowa State University AmesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-49598-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49599-0
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