Kramsch, C. (1993). Context and Culture in Language Teaching. New York: Oxford University Press.

This book takes cultural knowledge in language learning not only as a necessary aspect of communicative competence, but as an educational objective in its own right. The book addresses such issues as what do we mean by cultural context? Can discourse practices be taught like rules of grammar? What role does literature play in the development of second language literacy? How can learners acquire both an insider’s and an outsider’s understanding of foreign culture as expressed through its language? By exploring these and other issues, the book helps language teachers reflect on their profession and place it within its larger social and educational context.