Shemshadsara, Z. G. (2012). Developing Cultural Awareness in Foreign Language Teaching. English Language Teaching, 5(3), 95-99.

Cultures development is starting from encouraging students to recognize their own culture that related to other cultures (Knutson, 2006 in Shemshadsara, 2012). Meanwhile, Tomalin and Stempleski (1993) in Shemshadsara (2012) stated that cultural awareness requires three aspects; aware one’s own culture, aware one’s own culture that relates to others, and be able to give explanation about one’s own cultural standpoint.

The traditional teaching often ignores the differences of world views that will be brought by the students in the class room (Kumaradivelu, 2003 in Shemshadsara, 2012). That is why the culture which is taught by the teacher is monotonous. Students will not be able to understand the diversity of world views.

In the end of the article, the writer stated that teachers need to consider about cultural awareness when teaching in the classroom. Visualizing and understanding the differences between the two will enable the student to correctly judge the appropriate uses language idiosyncrasies. It also helps to develop teachers’ intercultural perspectives that may have an impact on their language teaching methodology and syllabus design.


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