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Cultural Content in EFL Listening and Speaking Textbooks for Chinese University Students

1. Songmei Liu (Corresponding author); 2. Chonlada Laohawiriyanon
1. M.A. Student, Department of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla, Thailand; 2. Asst. Prof. Dr., Department of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla, Thailand E-mail: chonlada.l@psu.ac.th
Abstract :
The aim of this article was to report the results of a textbooks analysis in an attempt to identify 
which type of culture and what kind of culture were introduced in Chinese EFL textbooks for 
the university level. Four teachers’ manuals of EFL College English textbooks for Chinese 
non-English major students were investigated. The analysis revealed that more than half of the 
cultural content was unidentifiable. Among identified cultural content, the textbooks were 
dominated by target cultural content while international target culture and source cultural 
content contained a very small percentage. It was also found out that among the 19 cultural 
themes under Big “C” and little “c” culture, the predominant theme was little “c” of “values” 
and the absent themes were common little “c” themes (i.e. “food”, “holidays”, “hobbies and 
“body language”). Such lack of source information and imbalanced selection in NHCE of 
cultural themes might not be sufficient to develop Chinese non-English major students’ ICC 
and thus might cause difficulties to students when they take part in intercultural 
communication. This study also makes suggestions on how culture can be represented in 
university level Chinese textbooks to promote students’ ICC.
Keywords :
English Language Teaching (ELT), Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC), Cultural content, Big “C” culture, Little “c” culture

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 12:51

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 12:51

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/2850/2366

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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