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Cultural Studies in Language Teaching. Culture and Language in a Network

  • Ronald Soetaert
  • Rob Van Kranenburg

Abstract

The teaching of modern languages was deeply influenced by a classical paradigm: grammar and literature were at the core of language teaching. This was backed by a very simple argument: we study grammar in order to read the classical texts. The moment modern languages appeared on the curriculum, teachers started imitating the methodology of the respectable curriculum of Latin and Greek. The grammar-translation method was (and still is) a major methodology in language teaching. ‘High’ culture is at the core of this methodology. A classical education was considered the best training for a cultural elite “to control the twin excesses of grasping businessmen and unruly industrial proletarians” [1:21].

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Popular Culture Language Teaching Mass Culture Literary Theory Communicative Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Soetaert
    • 1
  • Rob Van Kranenburg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Teacher TrainingUniversity of GhentGhentBelgium

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