Teaching Culture—Intercultural Competence, Transcultural Learning, Global Education

  • Britta Freitag-Hild


The idea that teaching a foreign language always includes teaching another culture has guided foreign language education since Kramsch’s (1993) Context and Culture in Language Teaching. Because language is used in a cultural context and this context is reflected in the language and how it is used to communicate, foreign language learning needs to make this cultural context available to language learners: If we assume that EFL learners in a German secondary school have learned words and phrases to talk about their school day, they may be equipped with the linguistic means to share their daily school experiences (teachers, subjects, activities, tests, etc.) with pupils from an English speaking country.


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Further reading

  1. Delanoy, Werner/Volkmann, Laurenz (eds.) (2006): Cultural Studies in the EFL Classroom. Heidelberg.Google Scholar
  2. Hallet, Wolfgang/Nünning, Ansgar (eds.) (2007): Neue Ansätze und Konzepte der Literatur- und Kulturdidaktik. Trier.Google Scholar
  3. Risager, Karen (2007): Language and Culture Pedagogy. From a National to a Transnational Paradigm. Clevedon.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Britta Freitag-Hild
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  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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