PATIMOH YUSO (PHUKET RAJABHAT UNIVERSITY)
PITCHAYANIN CHORSOM (Phuket Rajabhat University)
NANTAWADEE HAYEEJOOD (Phuket Rajabhat University)

EXPLORING STUDENT- TEACHERS€™ PERCEPTIONS TOWARDS CULTURES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION : LOCALISATION AND GLOBALISATION IN ELT

A language is a symbolic representation of cultures, and the language itself is shaped and mobilized by them. So English learning is undoubtedly associated with its target cultures as well as learners’ host cultures. Given this complexity of cultural learning contexts, the researchers investigated perceptions of student- teachers of Faculty of Education, Phuket Rajabhat University towards cultural learning in English language education. 65 student- teachers from eleven majors responded a perception questionnaire, and six of them willingly participated in an interview. Both quantitative and qualitative data were critically analyzed and triangulated. The findings revealed that the student- teachers held positive perceptions towards learning cultures in English classes. They highlighted that such cultures could be English target cultures and Thai host cultures as the cultural differences would allow them to know appropriate social manners of different cultural contexts. In addition, they argued that the learning materials dealing with cultural matters in the university context were still insufficient even though the university located in Phuket Province, where is regarded as the world’s famous tourist destination.

Patimoh Yuso is a lecturer of English Department, Faculty of Education, Phuket Rajabhat University. Her interests are related to English Language Teaching, cultures in ELT, intercultural communication, and teaching professional development.

She is a bachelor degree student of English major, Faculty of Education, Phuket Rajabhat University.

She is a bachelor degree student of English major, Faculty of Education, Phuket Rajabhat University.