UNIT 4: FOREIGN LANGUAGE AS AN INSTRUMENT ( Legislation (CEF importance…
UNIT 4: FOREIGN LANGUAGE AS AN INSTRUMENT
English empire and United States power/language of bussiness transaction, trade, acedemic, political and economic issues.
David Crystal: English as a global language. Mother tongue 402 millions of people. First Foreign Language 1 billion
Official language in over 60 countries
Integration of social identity and social interaction to promote linguistic diversity (MT+2) in Primary Education
Lingua Franca/first FL in Primary Education stage
CEF importance of culture to understand language (sociocultural and sociolinguistic competence)
Objective D (tolerance) and F RD 126/2014
Horizon 2020: interculturalism in the classroom (families, online resources, Forinter2 programme and integrated methodologies.
Competence 1, 5 and 7 Order 65/2015
Foreign Language objective 7 (culture) Order 17th March
Sociocultural and sociolinguistic contents Order 17th March
The language barrier
D. Crystal: Language is the main means whereby people communicate and whereby the main means people fail. Travelling is a barrier.
How to solve? 1. Translation (loss of information and equivalence) 2.New artificial languages-ESPERANTO-no culture 3 and 4 connected 3.Opportunity and motivation-French-more and more aware-bilingual sections 4. Lingua Franca-Latin-English
FL as a communicative tool
4.1. English as a lingua franca
Commonwealth countries adopted English for economica, commercial and political purposes.
Many countries are aware of the global status of English. Commercial and trade purposes mainly
English used in 3 ways: 1.Mother tongue (UK, USA...400 millions)
All the mentioned situations contributed to the expansion of the English la guage
4.2. Reasons of status of English
Due to the legacy of British and American imperialism
Political reasons (neutral language-India) and political institutions (ONU)
USA are the dominant economic position-business and trade
Air-traffic control, maritime, policing and emergency services
Intellectualism, academic, technological and scientific inf.
Main language of pop music, broadcasting, computes, video games and new technologies
Interest in LanDiv
Standard English: 1980 model language to national and international levels. Known as BBC English, Queen English and RP- London, Cambridge and Oxford.
Linguistic unity and linguistic diversity.
When a language develops a worlwide presence to the extend English has, 2 questions arise:
5.2. Language and culture
Wendell Pierce: culture is the intersection of people and lofe itself. How we deal with love, death....//No forget culture//How to teach culture?
Language and culture together
5.3. Teaching language and culture
The use of the language assitant in bilingual sections
English speaking countries'culture in the curriculum: Halloween, Christmas, Saint Patrick...
Language/cultural exchanges: Etwinning, Erasmus+. Promote tolerance, interest and open-minded citizens
Deal with our own culture: comparison using realia. Reduce stereotypes - reinforce curiosity, appreciation of culture and harmonious relationships
The cultural/linguistic variety within the class: songs, nursery rhymes, traditional games, realia (tv, postcads, tickets...)-Adapt materials for lower levels