MAE-RAN PARK (N/A)

ANALYZING CULTURAL CONTENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS IN KOREA : CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES

In the era of globalization, intercultural awareness is one of the essential elements to consider when it comes to the teaching of foreign languages in middle schools. The current Korean National Curriculum acknowledges the importance of including cultural content in English language classrooms to facilitate learning between the learners’ culture and that of the target language. The purpose of this presentation is to analyze the content of cultural activities in the middle school English textbooks and categorize them by the types of culture (Bierstedt, 1970), cultural backgrounds (Lado, 1957), and cultural topics based on the 2015 Korean National English Curriculum. For the research method, nine different types of textbooks out of 13 types of middle school English textbooks for the middle grade (i.e. year 2 textbooks) were examined with regard to the above three perspectives. Then, the results will be discussed in depth and the findings will be drawn. Finally, suggestions will be made and educational implications will be covered as to how to teach intercultural awareness not only in middle school English classrooms in Korea but also in other parts of Asia.

Dr. Mae-Ran Park is a professor at Pukyong National University, Korea. Her research interests include ELT methodology, materials development, and teacher development. She is a former president of PKETA. She has given numerous presentations in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia, and Macao.