English Language Teaching Department, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
Abstract: Language teaching generally puts the emphasis on the development of four basic skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. With this in mind, teaching culture was neglected in the language classroom. However, with the advent of communicative language teaching in the late 1970s the interrelatedness of language and culture became clear and language teachers experienced a swing against including culture in language teaching. Language and culture are inseparable and mutually reinforcing; in addition, without fully understanding culture, it is hard to acquire a language. Linguistic proficiency alone does not help language learners develop intercultural communication. This paper aims to explore the relationship between culture and language and attempts to show why culture holds an important place in language learning.
Keywords: Language, Culture, Interrelatedness, Communicative Language
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