Teaching English through movies : ATEM journal
Online ISSN : 2433-1929
Print ISSN : 1342-9914
A study on a pragmatic function based on cultural differences
Hye Jeong Kim
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2013 Volume 18 Pages 41-52

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English teachers all have known that culture is a topic of interest for the past few years. To enhance cultural awareness, a lot of cultural materials are produced. Language and culture cannot be separated. In EFL classroom, it is natural to emphasize the importance of cultural awareness. To understand a speaker's culture is helpful to achieve fluent and natural communication. However, English teachers need to recognize that the overemphasis on cultural awareness might discourage conversation. With a lack of cross-cultural knowledge, students might have some trouble in a fluent conversation. However, it can be overcome by longer and more frequent conversation. This study emphasizes that it is more important to maintain a conversation than to be fixed on cross-cultural knowledge.

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