Common Trends in Frameworks for Analyzing Intercultural Content in Language Teaching Course Books

Common Trends in Frameworks for Analyzing Intercultural Content in Language Teaching Course Books

DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-5365-3.ch006
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The growing number of studies on how culture and what types of culture should be included in EFL education entails the existence of several frameworks for intercultural content analysis. This chapter undertakes a systematic review of analytical frameworks employed in 28 pertinent studies published within the last 15 years. The findings propose three common trends in classifying intercultural content, based on (1) socio - geographical distribution of English use, (2) the nature of language and culture education, and (3) the depth of intercultural interaction involved. Among these, frameworks grounded in the socio-geographical distribution of the English language are notably prevalent. Also, the study revealed that combining multiple frameworks for the analysis of intercultural content is commonly practiced. This review aims to increase educators' awareness of the presence of intercultural aspects in language teaching. Finally, it seeks to fill the gaps in existing literature by addressing the categorization and trends in the application of intercultural content analysis.
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2. Literature Review

Culture, language and the relationships between the two elements have been the subject of diverse perspectives in the academic literature. An overview of the discussion surrounding this topic subsequently provided is hoped to provide a general view of what they are and how they are related to each other as well as how cultural elements are commonly presented in the studies analyzing intercultural content in English teaching course books.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Intercultural Communication: Communication with people from other cultures.

Culture: In EFL teaching, culture is defined as comprehensive and ever-changing elements of tangible and intangible aspects like traditions, customs, and artifacts to values, beliefs, attitudes, and thought patterns of a particular language community.

Englishes: Variations of English.

Integration of Culture into EFL Teaching: Teachers’ instructions facilitating learners' ability to understand and interpret cultural elements within communicative contexts, fostering a sense of intercultural competence.

Local Culture: The immediate environmental context, local traditions, and the unique cultural practices specific to a localized area.

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