Language learning is most effective when it takes place in the context of the target culture. The teaching in the context of the culture of the target language does not only create a deeper understanding of that particular culture, but also enriches learning on a person level through the creation of an in-depth understanding of what constitutes culture:
- Learning to communicate in another language helps develop intercultural awareness and empathy towards others which forms part of the citizenship agenda.
- Language learning needs to take place within the context of the target culture. This contextualisation should not only include the practical and immediately relevant but also personal enrichment through a deeper understanding of what constitutes culture.
- Language and culture are closely linked. Cultural knowledge is not only about knowing about the culture but also about how to engage with the culture.
- Rather than a static model, a more sophisticated and dynamic conception of culture can enhance the language learning and lead to increased reflexivity.
- Teachers’ biography, personality, educational interests and values all impact on their understanding of the intercultural factors inherent in language(s) teaching.