Course Name: Language and Culture
Department: Applied English Language
School year 2010
Course level: 4 yr. Program Nights Junior
Credit: 2 hours per week, 18 weeks
Time: Wednesdays, 18:20~20:05
Lecturer: Elena Kolodkina
• the course is designed for pre-intermediate to intermediate English
as a Second Language learners;
• the goal of the course is to get students to communicate with
people from other countries and to have a deeper knowledge of
• students share their own cultural thoughts, and experiences, and
compare these with what experts say about culture and
• Language and Culture is an integrated skill course ;
• students will develop communication skills of reading, listening,
speaking and writing;
• students will have the confidence to use English to talk about
culture through discussion, presentation and writing activities;
students will give opinions of what they’ve read, answer cultural
questionnaires, explaining culture.
• Course Introduction, Review Syllabus, Expectations, FAQ
• Language and culture (language as determined by culture,
language as a part of culture)
• Unit 1. Identity (the characteristics, feelings, or beliefs that
distinguish you from others form your personal identity).
• Unit 2. Values (values help us decide right and wrong, and guide
us through difficult choices).
• Unit 3. Culture Shock (the stress people experience when they
move to another culture).
• Unit 4. Culture in Language (language and culture cannot be
separated; a language reflects the culture of the people who speak
• Unit 5.Body Language and Customs (every culture has customs
that are related to body language, or nonverbal communication). Week 8.
Reviewing for midterm test .
• Midterm test.
• Unit 6. Individualism (people who value individualism feel that
it’s important to be independent and do things on one’s own).
• Unit 7. Politeness (the way people treat each other to show
courtesy and respect).
• Unit 8. Communication styles (the different ways in which people
• Gender and culture (every culture has different expectations about
gender roles and the communication styles of men and women). Week 14.
• Unit 10. Diversity (the different cultures that exist both within a
country or region, and between cultures).
• Unit 11. Social Change (change that makes society and the world
a better place).
• Unit 12. Global community (a global community is formed when
people from various cultures have good relationships with each
• Reviewing for Final Test.
• Final Test.
• partner and small group practice; • individual and group presentations ; • role playing;
• quick customs quizzes.
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