ERIC Number: ED394281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Global Cultures in EFL Materials.
Winter, Henny; And Others
The multicultural context of English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) instruction in Indonesia is discussed from two perspectives. The first is that of EFL instruction in junior high school, a broad and rapidly growing population due to the new 9-year compulsory education requirements. The second perspective described is that of the population needing EFL study for employment purposes and career advancement, a narrower but dynamic group important for human resource development. It is argued that in this context, in which 560 languages are spoken by 340 ethnic groups and English is not the lingua franca, global cultures, not just American or British, must be represented in EFL instructional materials in order to give them relevance to these EFL populations. The kinds of contexts in which Indonesians are exposed to English language are examined, at home, in schools, and in daily life outside the home. Materials developed for use at a prestigious language institute are then discussed and outlined briefly. The materials feature local and "foreign" cultural content side-by-side, and focus on issues of universal concern, such as personal welfare, living environment, global relations, and human rights and resources. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Compulsory Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design, Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Junior High Schools, Multicultural Education, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 1996).