Knowledge of cultural aspects adds value to language learning since language is an integral part of culture. This fact becomes even more relevant in today's scenario when learning has crossed the boundaries of regions and even nations. This paper highlights the relevance and vital importance of cross-cultural awareness in language learning. It also discusses ways of making language learning effective through cross-cultural awareness. Language learning is an interactive process and needs hands-on-training. The most confronted fact in language learning-teaching is that students know the rules of a language but are not always able to use the language effectively because they are not aware of the target culture. Hence in today's global village language learning has essentially become communicative. The history of communicative language is as old as the beginning of various cultures. Hence any language can be better learnt in its own cultural framework. Cross-cultural awareness tries to bring together such relatively unrelated areas as cultural anthropology and established areas of communication. Its core is to establish and understand how people from different cultures communicate with each other and the culture of a society comprises the shared values, understandings, assumptions ,and goals that are learnt from earlier generations, imposed by the members of the present day society and passed on to the succeeding generations. Developing cross-cultural awareness needs: (a) awareness of one's own cultural worldview, (b) a positive attitude towards cultural differences, and (c) knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews. As a result, individuals develop cultural competence and in turn develop ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across culture. This enhances language enrichment of individuals and of communicate.
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