This article aims to prove that learning a foreign language as a means of communication is impossible without learning the cultural and social life of the country of the language being studied. Acquaintance with the world of native speakers contributes to understanding the peculiarities of speech construction, additional sense loads, political, historical, cultural connotations of words and statements. Sociological research, widely used in the scientific work of the Department of Humanities and Natural Science Subjects of the Ivanovo branch of Plekhanov RUE, confirmed the fact that knowledge of a language is not enough for successful mastering of a foreign language. Linguistic information must be accompanied by facts relating to the historical and cultural background, that is, the natural environment in which language lives and develops. The main conclusion of the article: language and culture studies, in whatever scope this subject is presented in the general program of a foreign language, allows to expand cultural and historical outlook of students, to improve general language training, to form skills of working with linguistic and extralinguistic objects.
Key words: questionnaire, foreign language, Internet version, language and culture studies, macrostructure, megastructure, microstructure, dictionary.