The Objectives Of The Teaching Of English At Schools

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The general objective of the teaching of English at schools is to enable the learners to communicate in acceptable English, both orally and in writing. In order to help the students achieve the objective, English learners should be equipped with knowledge of English culture in addition to the language components, i.e., grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. In reality, however, in Indonesia the cultural aspects of English are not seriously undertaken. A preliminary observation on textbooks shows that textbook writers do not pay serious attention on the cultural aspects of the language. This condition is worsened by the fact that some English teachers tend to teach their students using the material presented in the textbooks as it is. This happens firstly because teachers might assume that what is presented in the textbooks is both linguistically and culturally appropriate. Secondly, they might think that culture is a different subject that should be covered by other teachers. This point of view is contradictory to the fact that language and culture are closely intertwined so that the teaching of a language cannot be separated from that of its culture. This paper discusses the close relationship between language and culture and how teachers of English can introduce English culture while at the same time teach the language.

Key words: teaching English, culture, integrated.

The objective of the teaching of English in general is to enable the learners to

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