IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(4): 281-289 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.4.188

Interrelation between Language and Culture in English Teaching: Some Substantial Challenges and Effective Strategies for Teachers of Second Language English in Vietnam

Anh Nguyen-Hoang-Vuong and Khuong Ho-Van
Abstract—Today, learning and mastering an international language like English are very important because they bring a window of opportunities for many people, especially the young ones. The goal of learning a foreign language is to develop effective communication skills. However, it is impossible to understand a language thoroughly and communicate successfully as native speakers if the target language and its culture are isolated in the process of teaching and learning. Therefore, the integration of two factors - language and culture -is extremely important because each language is strongly attached to specific characteristics of that national culture. The research question arises whether differences between language and culture of each nation can have considerable effects on teaching English as well as language culture in Vietnam. To have a clear answer to such a question, this paper firstly finds out the interrelation between language and culture in teaching English as second language, then discusses some substantial challenges and finally suggests effective strategies for Vietnamese teachers of English language.

Index Terms—Language, culture, English teaching, Vietnam, sociocultural, interrelation, integration, language policy, intercultural competence, substantial challenges, effective strategies.

The authors are with HoChiMinh University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology (HUFLIT), Vietnam (e-mail: vuonganhnh@huflit.edu.vn, hvkhuong@hcmut.edu.vn).

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Cite: Anh Nguyen-Hoang-Vuong and Khuong Ho-Van, "Interrelation between Language and Culture in English Teaching: Some Substantial Challenges and Effective Strategies for Teachers of Second Language English in Vietnam," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 281-289, 2018.

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