Studies on Culture Introduction in College English Class Based on the Whorf Hypothesis

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College English learners make a large part of English learners in China. Considering the present situation of cultural introduction in College English teaching, it is far from satisfactory. Due to the close relationship between language and culture, it is necessary and applicable to introduce cultural elements into English teaching. On the basis of the Whorf hypothesis, this study did a series of experimental researches to explore the relationship between language and culture. The aims of this thesis are to prove the necessity of cultural introduction, to decide the content of cultural introduction, and to choose approaches of cultural introduction in College English teaching.



Whorf hypothesis; College English teaching; Intercultural communicative competence; Culture introduction

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