First Comes Culture, Then Comes Language: Learning English

11246477_10152758546417610_2267449568862442840_oThe grand process for students who wish to learn English as a Second Language in a consolidated crash course can be difficult. By enveloping themselves in the culture, students will be able to pick up the language more efficiently.


Use Your Context Clues

It has been acknowledged that students will never fully master the English language until they have first grasped the cultural context in which the language is used. To learn English is to learn more than just a language; it is far more complex than that. The one way that this can be made clear is through an understanding of cultural context clues. The best tools for learning these cultural features are through authentic materials like film and television, where students can see firsthand the nonverbal communication that accompanies the language.



In order to have a grasp on the culture that accompanies the language, you can step into the shoes of a fluent speaker in a way that helps you safely get a firsthand understanding from your personal perspective. To compare and contrast your own culture with the target culture that you aim to understand can be intimidating, but with the practice of role-playing, it becomes more familiar. To practice speaking and responding to unpredictable situations will not only help you master the culture, but it will also help you learn English.


A Peer’s Perspective

When you wish to learn the culture that accompanies a language, nothing is quite as helpful as an authentic insight, especially from someone with whom you connect on a level such that you are both students, and perhaps you may have common interests such as sports, movies, or music. Any common ground is helpful, but it is not necessary because your main reason for having a conversation with a native speaker is to grasp the concept of the cultural lifestyle that accompanies his or her verbal tendencies.


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