Teaching culture in Colombia Bilingüe: From theory to practice

  • Yamith José Fandiño Parra Universidad de La Salle
Keywords: culture, Colombia Bilingüe, postmethod, world Englishes, critical multiculturalism (en_US)

Abstract (en_US)

The main topic of this paper is concerned with the incorporation of culture into foreign language learning (EFL) classes within the context of “Colombia Bilingüe”. More specifically, some consideration will be given to what culture is, how it can be taught and what Colombian authors have maintained in terms of its practicality and implementation. It will be suggested that teaching culture is not tantamount to promoting an English sociocultural domination or adapting ethnocentric practices, but mainly approaching and reflecting on one’s and others’ beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, which are intertwined with language itself. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to point out both the difficulties and complexities that Colombian EFL teachers need to be able to cope with when working with culture in their classes. The main premise of the paper is that effective teaching of culture can be achieved if the Colombian EFL community strives to construct a coherent discourse that allows developing teaching models and learning experiences within the theoretical framework of the postmethod condition, world Englishes, and critical multiculturalism.


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Author Biography

Yamith José Fandiño Parra, Universidad de La Salle
Yamith J. Fandiño holds a BA in English Philology from the National University of Colombia and an MA in Teaching from La Salle University. He has taught EFL to young and adult learners. He currently works at La Salle University as a full time professor and researcher.


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How to Cite
Fandiño Parra, Y. J. (2014). Teaching culture in Colombia Bilingüe: From theory to practice. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 16(1), 81-92. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2014.1.a07
Published: 2014-01-01
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