A comparative analysis of cultural presentations in elementary German textbooks
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The aim of this thesis is to provide a comparative analysis of cultural presentations in current elementary German textbooks designed for colleges and published in the U.S.A. After the introduction, chapter 2 explains why the integration of culture into language teaching has been a difficult task from its start in the late 1960s up to now. In the subsequent chapter I discuss critical evaluations of German textbooks that reflect the general difficulties of teaching culture. The main chapter of the thesis contains an analytical description of cultural presentations in the most recent elementary German textbooks accomplished by a close cultural analysis of one theme represented in all examined textbooks.