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What Culture?: Cultural representations in English as a foreign language textbooks
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Teaching the cultural aspect of foreign language education is a complex and sometimes

difficult task, especially since English has become an international language used in different

settings and contexts throughout the world. Building on the idea that the spread of

the English language and its international status in the world has made English an important

school subject to develop students’ cross-cultural and intercultural awareness, this

paper has studied what research reveals about the influence this has had on cultural representations

in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) textbooks. Findings from a systematic

literature review that analyzed four different international studies on the topic are presented.

The study showed that EFL textbooks often present stereotypical and overgeneralized

representations of culture and that the cultural aspect of EFL education is not adequately

addressed since focus tends to lean towards language proficiency. Results also

indicated that though steps are made to include cultural representations from different

international contexts, the target culture of countries where English is the first language

remains dominant in EFL textbooks. The findings are discussed in correlation with the

Swedish national curriculum and syllabus.

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Keyword [en]
EFL education, culture, cultural representations, textbooks, intercultural awareness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-19884OAI: diva2:866586
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2016-03-04

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