Enjoyable Vocabulary Teaching and Learning with Cultural Differences

  • Kenan Kapukaya

Abstract

Language learners have to learn sufficient quantity of words to  communicate by using the target language, but learning vocabulary is not easy at  all. It is essential that learners motivate themselves and pay a lot of attention to the  words. This can be done by comparing cultural differences in a context or using the  words in sentences, the meanings of which reveal different application of cultural  values. For culture is what shapes our behaviour in life, they represent the way we  are. So that utterances, statements, sentences which have something to do with our  culture or foreign cultures are very likely to attract our attention and motivate us. In  fact, by speaking about cultural differences, we give life to vocabulary in class  settings. Students are able to learn the meanings of words by actually living them.  So that it is not only learning some words but also dealing with different  understandings and applications of life as well. These differences can be acted out,  discussed, written, or drawn. In any case, students find themselves in an  atmosphere where learning is not dull and boring, but pleasant and enjoyable.
Published
2006-01-30
How to Cite
KAPUKAYA, Kenan. Enjoyable Vocabulary Teaching and Learning with Cultural Differences. IBSU Scientific Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 161-166, jan. 2006. ISSN 2233-3002. Available at: <https://journal.ibsu.edu.ge/index.php/ibsusj/article/view/19>. Date accessed: 09 aug. 2020.
Section
Linguistics and Literature

Keywords

vocabulary, cultural differences, multiculturalism, ELT methods, EFL, ESL.