“Great technology, football and...”: Malaysian language learners’ stereotypes about Germany

Nikitina, L. and Mohd Don, Z. and Loh , S.C. (2014) “Great technology, football and...”: Malaysian language learners’ stereotypes about Germany. Pandaemonium Germanicum, 17 (24). pp. 154-174. ISSN 1982-8837

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Abstract

Abstract: This study focuses on stereotypes about Germany, its culture and people, held by learners of German in a big public university in Malaysia. It examines not only the stereotypical representations of the target language country but also assesses its favourability and salience, which has not been done previously. The findings revealed that the students’ stereotypes about Germany were varied and diverse. Also, they were overwhelmingly positive. The top three salient categories of images about Germany were related to technology, famous personalities – for the most part football players and scientists – and cars. The findings also indicated that very few references had been made to German culture and to its great cultural figures. The results of the present study suggest that students could benefit from a wider and deeper exposure to German culture in the language classroom.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
Depositing User: Miss Larisa Nikitina
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 06:51
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 06:51
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/11963

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