Intercultural Exposure through English Language Teaching: An Analysis of an English Language Textbook in Bangladesh

Siddiqie, Shamsun Akhter
September 2011
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics;2011, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p109
Academic Journal
The treatment of culture in foreign language textbooks is comparatively a new trend in English Language Teaching (ELT) which is based on the growing consensus that language textbooks should attempt to raise students' awareness of international culture as well as that of their own. Being influenced by this thought, Bangladesh too like many other countries has incorporated intercultural contents in English language textbooks at secondary and higher secondary levels as a part of a reformation process in the ELT sector. The present study examines the proportion and kinds of intercultural contents in one of those textbooks, English for Today (EfT), which is produced locally by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), Bangladesh. It also aims at investigating intercultural awareness and abilities promoted through such input.


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