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Books on Culture

There are many books on how to teach or learn other cultures.  Here are a few.  If you have other suggestions, or have written a book review, let us know by using the submit content link to the right.

Cultural Reading List References

  • Allen, W. W. (1985). Toward cultural proficiency. In Alice C. Omaggio (Ed.), Proficiency, curriculum, articulation: The ties that bind . Reports of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (pp. 137-166). Middlebury, VT: Northeast Conference.
  • Allen, W., & Fouletier-Smith, N. (1995). Parallèles: Communication et culture. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Banks, George PhD. (1994). Human Diversity Workshop. Amherst MA: HRD Press: Basic Books Publishing.
  • Blubaugh, Jon A. & Pennington, Dorothy L. (1976). Crossing Differences Interracial Communication. Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co.
  • Brooks, N. (1983). Teaching culture in the foreign language classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 16.
  • Byram, M. (1989). Cultural studies in foreign language education. Philadelphia, PA: Multilingual Matters.
  • Calloway-Thomas, Carolyn, Cooper, Pamela J. & Blake, Cecil (1999). Intercultural Communication, Roots and Routes. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Cox, Taylor Jr. & Beale, Ruby L. (1997). Developing Competency to Manage Diversity. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Crawford-Lange, L. M., & Lange, D. L. (1984). Doing the unthinkable in the second language classroom: A process for the integration of language and culture. In T. V. Higgs (Ed.), Teaching for proficiency: The organizing principle. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series (pp. 139-177). Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
  • Damen, L. (1987). Culture learning: The fifth dimension in the language classroom. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Dresser, Norine (2005). Multicultural Manners, Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Publishing.
  • Fearing, F. (1954). An examination of the conceptions of Benjamin Whorf in the light of theories of perception and cognition. In H. Hoijer (Ed.), Language and culture. Conference on the interrelations of language and other aspects of culture (pp. 47-81). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Fiedler, F. E., Mitchell, T., & Triandis, H. C. (1971). The culture assimilator: An approach to cross-cultural training. Journal of Applied Psychology 55: 95-102.
  • Foreign Languages: Ohio's Model Competency-Based Program. (1996). Columbus, OH: The Ohio Department of Education.
  • Fowler, Sandra M. & Mumford, Monica G. (1995). Intercultural Sourcebook: Cross-Cultural Training Methods Vol.1. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  • Furnham, A., & Bochner, S. (1989). Culture shock. New York: Routledge.
  • Galloway, V. (1992). Toward a cultural reading of authentic texts. In H. Byrnes (Ed.), Languages for a multicultural world in transition. Northeast Conference Reports on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (pp. 87-121). Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
  • Giles, H., Bourhis, R. Y., & Taylor, D. M. (1977). Toward a theory of language in ethnic group relations. In H. Giles (Ed.), Language, ethnicity, and inter-group relations (pp. 307-348). New York: Academic Press.
  • Goode, T., Sockalingam, S., Bronheim, S., Brown, M., and Jones, W. (2000). A planner's guide: Infusing principles, content and themes related to cultural and linguistic competence into meetings and conferences. Washington, DC: National Center for Cultural Competence. Retrieved October 9, 2006, from
  • Grandin, J. M., Einbeck, K., & von Reinhart, W. (1992). The changing goals of language instruction. In H. Byrnes (Ed.), Languages for a multicultural world in transition. Reports of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (pp. 123-163). Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
  • Hall, Edward T (1981). Beyond Culture. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Publishing.
  • Hall, Edward T (1981). The Silent Language. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Publishing.
  • Harrison, Lawrence E. & Huntington, Samuel P. (2000). Culture Matters. New York: Basic Books
  • Hendon, U. S. (1980). Introducing culture in the high school foreign language class. Foreign Language Annals, 13.
  • Hofstede, Gert Jan, Hofstede, Geert & Pedersen, Paul B. (2002). Exploring Culture, Exercises, Stories and Synthetic Cultures. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  • Hooker, John (2003). Working Across Cultures. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Kitano, Harry H.L. (1997). Race Relations (5th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Kohls, Robert L. & Knight, John M. (1994). Developing Intercultural Awareness, A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook (2nd Ed.). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  • Kramsch, C. (1994). Context and culture in language teaching. London: Oxford University Press.Lambert, W. E. (1975). Culture and language as factors in learning and education. In A. Wolfgang (Ed.), Education of immigrant students (pp. 55-83). Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
  • Landis, Dan & Bhagat, Rabi S. (1996). Handbook of Intercultural Training (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Lustig, Myron W. & Koester, Jolene (2003). Intercultural Competence, Interpersonal Communication across Cultures. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. William G. McGuire, PhD., Cultural Competency, DEOMI 2007
  • Meade, B., & Morain, G. (1973). The culture cluster. Foreign Language Annals 6: 331-338.
  • Moran, P. R. (2001). Teaching culture: Perspectives in practice. Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
  • Oberg, K. (1960). Culture shock: Adjustment to new cultural environments. Practical Anthropology 7: 188-202.
  • Peck, D. (n.d.). Teaching culture: Beyond language. Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. Retrieved September 6, 2006, from
  • Peterson, E., & Coltrane, B. (2003). Culture in second language teaching. CAL Digest. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. Retrieved September 6, 2006, from
  • Sapir, E. (1964). Culture, language, and personality: Selected essays. Edited by David G. Mandelbaum. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Seelye, H. N. (1994). Teaching culture: Strategies for intercultural communication (3rd ed.). Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
  • Singerman, A. J. (Ed.). (1988). Toward a new integration of language and culture. Reports of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Middlebury, VT: The Northeast Conference.
  • Singerman, A. J. (Ed.). (1996). Acquiring cross-cultural competence: Four stages for students of French. American Association of Teachers of French National Commission on Cultural Competence. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.
  • Triandis, H., Vassiliou, V., & Vassiliou, G. (Eds.). (1972). The analysis of subjective culture. New York: John Wiley
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