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English Language textbooks and portrayal of culture: A content analysis

Abd Rashid, Ruzai Syarilili Aiyu and Engku Ibrahim, Engku Haliza (2018) English Language textbooks and portrayal of culture: A content analysis. In: Malaysia Technical Universities Conference on Engineering and Technology (MUCET 2017), 6-7 December 2017, Penang, Malaysia,.

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Abstract

Research has shown that there is a need to use materials that are cultural sensitive and context-appropriate in the EFL classroom. It is imperative that teaching materials match with the goals, objectives and philosophy of the programme. This is to ensure that the materials are congruent with the learners’ attitudes, religious beliefs and preferences. Thus, this study aims to find out if there were materials that are not in harmony with Islam. The sampling of this study was taken from 5 textbooks that were being used in an intensive English course. The findings from this study showed that in general the contents of the ELT textbooks could be categorised into three categories of neutral, positive and negative. Additionally, it was also discovered that these themes fall under community knowledge, beliefs and values of the western culture in Byram’s (1993) cultural content checklist. This study has strong implications for the use of ready-made textbooks in the EFL context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 6105/62698
Uncontrolled Keywords: Content analysis, Cultural content, Efl contexts, English languages, Teaching materials, Three categories
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LT Textbooks
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Depositing User: Ruzai Syarilili Aiyu Abd Rashid
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 10:51
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 11:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/62698

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