ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (EFL) TEACHERS’ PREFERENCES FOR INTERCULTURAL ELEMENTS IN TEACHING MATERIALS

Muzeyyen Nazli DEMIRBAŞ

Abstract


Intercultural communicative competence (ICC) is defined to be at the heart of foreign language education nowadays due to the sensitivity of English Language Teaching (ELT) world to the term ‘culture’. EFL teachers should gain and teach ICC. Accordingly, this paper aims to understand how much preference EFL teachers express for intercultural elements in the teaching materials. A qualitative research was designed via semi-structured interview with international EFL teachers. The findings reveal EFL teachers express less preference to intercultural elements in their materials. Specific emphasis on ICC is to be embedded to EFL teacher training programmes so that teachers can perform in the interculturalisation process more effectively.


Keywords


intercultural communicative competence; EFL teachers; culture; language teaching

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