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Author Llombarthuesca, Amalia
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Content type Text
Publisher National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2015-03-30
Copyright Year ©2005
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) L7-991 ♦ P101-410
Subject Keyword Learning a foreign language ♦ Communicative Language Teaching ♦ Sociolinguistics
Abstract Learning a foreign language entails acquiring competence on what is expected socially and culturally by users of the target language. However, in this paper I show how adoption of the sociolinguistics norms of certain languages conflicts with some principles of Foreign Language (FL) instruction and Communicative Language Teaching. This paper focuses on a group of languages that share a particular sociolinguistic context: "languages without a country" or regional languages, such as Catalan, Basque or Irish, among others. I show how some phenomena typical in bilingual communities, such as diglossia, code-switching, language interference and language attitudes present a challenge in some areas of FL instruction, such as creation of task-based activities, syllabus design, dealing with language registers and dialects in the classroom, and integration of language and culture. This study suggests the needs for further research in the area in which sociolinguistic issues of languages in their homeland interact with the teaching of those languages as FLs.
ISSN 19309031
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-01-01
e-ISSN 19309031
Journal Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Volume Number 2
Page Count 27
Starting Page 73
Ending Page 99


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