The Effects of Watching English Movies Essay

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Abstract

Learning a foreign language well does not simply mean mastering its pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. In fact, the learning of a language is inseparable from the learning of its culture. It shows that students not only should grasp vocabularies, grammar and pronunciation,but also properly grasp the relationship between language teaching and culture understanding. It's clear that language teaching is indeed culture teaching. It is necessary and urgent to teach not only cultural knowledge information but cultural communication information as well. Having plenty of knowledge of cultural perspectives, cultural contents and cultural practices, an individual can learn a foreign language to a desirable height and level. Briefly,
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Language is merely a part of culture. The special feature is that language is the main tool to learn culture. We can see that language and culture are closely connected; we can hardly understand and use language correctly if we know nothing about its culture. As we all know, language is only one form of culture, it is impossible to learn English well without knowing Western culture. On the contrary, the deeper we know one country's history, culture, customs and traditions, etc., the better we can use its language.

1.3 The Importance of Culture in English Teaching

The role of culture in language learning is well known: culture provides a broad and deep context for the way one knows or determines what is valued, appropriate, of even feasible and why. Culture itself, however, is somewhat difficult to define.
Learning a foreign language well does not simply mean mastering its pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. In fact, the learning of a language is inseparable from the learning of its culture. It shows that students not only should grasp vocabularies, grammar and pronunciation,but also properly grasp the relationship between language teaching and culture understanding.

Chapter Ⅱ Culture Influences on English Teaching

To further explain the importance of culture teaching we need to know what extent cultural background knowledge influences language learning and teaching, and how can we take advantage of that influence.

2.1Influences on

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