ERIC Number: EJ1123942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Rethinking Culture Teaching in English Language Programmes in Thailand
Snodin, Navaporn S.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v47 n3 p387-398 Dec 2016
This article reports on perceptions and practices in relation to integrating culture into EFL teaching and how course material was designed within the Thai curriculum framework. Thai teachers' understanding of what constitutes culture, the role it plays in language learning and how such understanding is being translated into pedagogical practices are under investigation. The practice demonstrated an attempt to adapt the Byram's model to fit local circumstances, policies and needs. The knowledge of everyday cultures of native speakers was promoted, whilst cultures in the prior curriculum merely constituted high cultures such as literature. Potential materials, including newspapers and magazine articles, nonfiction, TV programmes and films were suggested to encourage an ethnographic frame of mind in students. The discussion of a few practical ways in which these materials can be used to promote cultural awareness and how they could be used to facilitate opportunities for language skills practice were provided. Feedback from students include the novelty of the experience, changing perspectives, facilitating better communication, practical and useful knowledge, fun, autonomous learning, critical thinking and empathy towards other cultures.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Feedback (Response), Critical Thinking, Native Speakers, Intercultural Communication, Language Skills, Language Acquisition
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand
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