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ERIC Number: EJ819743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Non-Native English Language Teachers' Perspective on Culture in English as a Foreign Language Classrooms
Bayyurt, Yasemin
Teacher Development, v10 n2 p233-247 Jul 2006
This article examines the importance of raising non-native English language teachers' awareness of different dimensions of culture in the teaching of English as an international language. The author believes that the more critical English language teachers become about the involvement of culture in their English language teaching, the more they equip their students with the necessary linguistic and cultural resources to be able to communicate with people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The study comprises the development and implementation of a semi-structured interview. The participants are a small group of Turkish teachers of English working in public and private schools in Turkey. Drawing on the results of the interview study, the author shows that there is a general consensus among the participants of the study on the practice of referring to an "international culture" with special emphasis on English-speaking Anglo-American cultures, as well as the learners' local culture in the English as a Foreign Language classroom. Moreover, the results also reveal the participant teachers' belief that being a non-native English-speaking teacher is an advantage as far as cultural and linguistic issues in the English language classroom are concerned. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey