Language and Culture Pedagogy

  • Joseph ShaulesEmail author


This chapter reviews literature related to culture in foreign language pedagogy, and describes what sets the DMLL apart from current approaches. It argues that while consensus is emerging about the importance of culture in language learning, existing approaches can be difficult to put into practice. They tend to be additive—cultural learning is seen as something that needs to be accomplished in addition to language learning. Goals tend to center on abstract notions that are hard to relate to day-to-day language practice, and they often do not make clear a developmental progression that can be related to foreign language learning. The DMLL is argued to help resolve these dilemmas. This chapter introduces dynamic skill theory, and argues that it can serve as a unifying framework to understand both language and culture learning pedagogy.


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  1. 1.Japan Intercultural InstituteTokyoJapan

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