Sitcoms as a tool for cultural learning in the EFL classroom
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Larrea-Espinar, Ángela, & Raigón-Rodríguez, A. (2019). Sitcoms as a tool for cultural learning in the EFL classroom. Pixel-Bit. Revista De Medios Y Educación, (56), 33–50.


With the emergence of globalization and English becoming a lingua franca for international communication, the place for culture in the language learning process has shifted as well. Thus, concentrating on cultural facts about English-speaking countries is insufficient for today’s world, where the vast majority of interactions happen among non-native speakers. From a culturally decentered standpoint (Holliday, 2009), intercultural competence and critical awareness constitute an essential part of language learning (Byram, 2014). However, most ELT textbooks do not promote complete (inter)cultural learning. In this article, we argue that TV can be an additional pedagogical tool to help achieve this goal. We focus on sitcoms compiling a list of episodes that can be used at tertiary level to develop cultural competence.
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