Cultural Awareness of English Words: A Case Study of EFL Learners in China



Reinforcing the cultural connotation of a word plays an important role in the development of learners’ linguistic competence. Chinese EFL students are accustomed to the conceptual meaning of English words and pay little attention to the cultural connotation. Therefore, they have little understanding of cultural background knowledge of the target language. When reading a text, cultural failure at the lexical level often causes the distortion of texts. Therefore, teachers should strengthen students’ cultural awareness of English words and promote their sensitivity to culture-loaded meanings.


Culture-loaded words; Text understanding; Cultural awareness

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