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2010 | 2 | 241-249

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Kultura jako cecha dystynktywna języka


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Culture as a distinctive feature of language

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The discussion is aimed at directing both linguists' and educators' attention toward culture viewed as a competence building element of second language education. The presented point of view underscores the need for expanding linguistic competence by adding cultural competence to it, bearing in mind that language is an integral part of culture. Besides, the stress is put on such a knowledge shaping process of a second language user which furnishes him or her with superb translational or teaching skills. This conviction, as demonstrated in the article, finds a strong support especially in the teaching/learning process focused on English where the user's full command of the language is impossible without the knowledge of its varieties. The presented examples clearly show that a language community can be easily identified with an ethnic community which, in fact, is distinguished by its tongue. The briefly discussed varieties of English (British and American), again, give evidence that differences in expresis verbis are actually differences in thinking fostered by the language community users and their culture. Therefore, what the discussion stresses is the fact that the art of second language education should be concentrated on teaching the proper way of expressing thoughts in the target language. The article ends with the appeal for a deep and thorough consideration of the contents of a second language teaching process.






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