How to Enhance Cross-cultural Awareness in TEFL

Bao-he ZHAO


There is close relationship between language and culture. Language reflects culture and it is influenced and shaped by culture at the same time. Consequently, teaching English is inseparable from teaching its culture. Cultural awareness or tolerance is of great importance in English teaching and learning. It contributes to effectiveness and appropriateness of an English discourse. Only with the communication of language competence and cultural awareness can a language learner be successful in communication. To achieve this goal, the article develops closely around how to foster students’ cross-cultural awareness in EFL teaching. Key words: cross-cultural awareness; EFL teaching; cultural differencesRésumé: Il y a des liens étroits entre la langue et la culture. La langue reflète la culture et elle est influencée et façonnée par la culture en même temps. Par conséquent, l’enseignement de l'anglais est inséparable de l'enseignement de la culture anglaise. La sensibilisation à la culture ou la tolérance est de grande importance dans l’enseignement et dans l'apprentissage de l'anglais. Elle contribue à l'efficacité et à la pertinence d'un discours en anglais. Un apprenant de langue ne peut réussir dans la communication qu’avec des compétences linguistiques et la sensibilisation. Pour atteindre cet objectif, l'article se développe autour de la façon de favoriser la sensibilisation interculturelle des élèves dans l'enseignement EFL.Mots-Clés: sensibilisation interculturelle; enseignement EFL; différences culturelles

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