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Discussion Forum for Claire Kramsch’s BLC talk 9/21/07

Written By: kernrg on September 20, 2007 No Comment

Claire Kramsch, Professor of German and Education at UC Berkeley, and Founding Director of the Berkeley Language Center, gave a talk entitled “Language Ecology in Practice: Implications for Foreign Language Education” on Sept. 21, 2007.

For those unable to attend the talk, a recording will be made available soon on the BLC website (http://blc.berkeley.edu). In order to allow continued discussion of the talk, we are making use of the BLC blog as a forum. Here is a question to kick off the discussion, but please feel free to post your own questions.

One implication of Kramsch’s current work on ecological models of plurilingual/pluricultural situations of learning and interaction is that the relationship between language and culture is no longer based on the equation one language = one culture. To what extent does a teacher need to teach the values, beliefs, attitudes, cultural notions of a given group of native speakers, especially when the status of the “native speaker” has become increasingly problematic?

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