Goethe once wrote that there are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings. Roots to give them a sense of belonging, wings to help free them from constraints and prejudices. Also English teachers have to consider pupils´ native culture and teach about English-speaking cultures. This course serves as an introduction to cultural studies in the English-speaking countries (Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, United States of America and Canada). Students will learn about history, geography, institutions, system of education, multiculturalism, religion, values and attitudes, popular culture, literature and arts, sport, entertainment, everyday life and various feasts celebrated in Great Britain, the USA and Canada. This will be compared to the students´ own cultural experience. In addition, participants will learn to develop didactic materials suitable for teaching culture in elementary foreign language classroom. They will be asked to participate in discussions and give presentations on given topics. Copies of the following books are recommended:
HARTLEY, J. Communication, Cultural and Media Studies The Key Concepts. New York: Routledge, 2004. ISBN 0-415-26889-3.
SKINNER, J. Anglo-American Cultural Studies. Tübingen: Francke, UTB basics, 2009. ISBN 978-3-8252-3125-5.
Additional material will be provided.