Culture, Language and Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching and Cultural Awareness


The role of culture in a field as vast as applied linguistics is so pronounced and vital that even a highly selective overview might not be sufficient to be comprehensive. What follows might be a synoptic account of the role of culture in the realm of applied linguistics. The enigmatic point which even makes the vast field of applied linguistics goes to unbeaten tracks is the similar nature of culture. Due to the aforementioned point, here the canonical overlap of them is emphasised. Moreover, as culture and language are intrinsically intertwined, it’s decided to have a more cultural stance rather than a linguistic one. In this presentation, major studies in connection with language and culture will be considered first. Then, it’ll be be tried to unravel, or better to say, to come to grips with this enigmatic riddle, culture. It will be explained that it is hard to give a clear-cut definition for culture. However, it might be possible to shape or even make what it must be. It will be argued that we should have a pioneer culture, a culture which is based on high standard morality and ethics. Put it simply, we might be unable to change what culture is, but we will be able to make what culture be.

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Mahdi Dahmardeh, The University of Tehran, Iran

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Conference: ECCS2016
Stream: Cultural Studies

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